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Champaign, IL Tornado, Jun 1902

Death From Fright
Mrs. Martha Hayworth Couldn’t Stand Storm

Champaign, Ills., June 11.--A terrific storm swept over the city at midnight, doing considerable damage to buildings, railway property, electric wires, trees and crops throughout the surrounding country. No loss of life is reported.

During the height of the storm MRS. MARTHA HAYWORTH collapsed from fright and later died.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL 11 Jun 1902


St. John’s German Catholic Church in Champaign was blown from it’s foundation and was so wrecked it is considered a total loss. The church was being remodeled and would soon have been completed. A considerable sum of money had recently been spent on the structure, and it was expected to be one of the finest churches of that denomination in that part of the country. Rev. Adolph Geyer, the pastor, intends to consult the bishop at Peoria before making any plans in regard to the building.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL 12 Jun 1902

article | by Dr. Radut