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Bonne Terre Hard Hit by Tornado Friday
Posted by: stubbytate (ID *****7557) Date: April 27, 2008 at 12:37:05
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Article Title: Bonne Terre Bulletin

Article Date: March 25 1948

Article Description: Bonne Terre Hard Hit by Tornado Friday.

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A disasterous tornado swept through Bonne Terre early Friday morning, leaving in its wake a number of seriously injured people and tremendous property damage. Although the whole community felt the force of the high wind, the Settletown area in the north part of Bonne Terre was hardest hit.

The tornado which ripped through here Friday was one of two which originated west of here and left paths of destruction in Missouri and western Illinois. The one which hit Bonne Terre originated a few miles southwest of Irondale and followed a north-east course through Washington ad St. Francois counties. The greatest loss of life and property damage occurred in Madison and Macoupin counties in Illinois.

The tornadfo struck here about 6:15 a.m. Friday and roared furiously for several minutes, demolishing some housers completely and up-rooting large trees. Barns, sheds and outhouses were leveled as though they were made of cardboard. Telephone and power lines and poles were snapped.

The Red Cross, which set up a disaster headquarters here a few hours after the storm--surveyed the wreckage and made the following report on injuries and property damage:

The Bonne Terre area five people received major injuries and 13 received minor cuts, bruises and lacerations, making a total of 18.

The Red Cross survey--which was conducted by a committee of local men--list 113 houses as having been damaged in the Bonne Terre area; in the balance of the count, 55 houses.

A few houses were total losses while a great many more were left in various stages of demolition. In some cases, roofs were ripped off and in others large sections, rooms and walls, were blown away.

Volunteer personnel, working under the supervision of the Red Cross, conducted a survey of the local wreckage soon after the storm. The following report of damaged property is based on the Red Cross survey.

Among the homes which were totally wrecked was that of Mr. and Mrs. William A. FORSHEE, 208 DeSoto Road. Although the FORSHEE home was demolished, Mrs. FORSHEE and her 4-month-old baby escaped with only minor cuts. Mrs. FORSHEE told a reporter, "I squatted down beside the wall (the only one which remained upright) and pulled the bedclothes over the baby and me." Although their roof was blown out of sight and one wall knocked out, four eggs on a cabinet in the FORSHEE kitchen were not cracked. Estimated damage: $4,600. A car in front of the house was turned over.

The Louis WHITE residence was another total loss. The storm struck while the WHITES were in bed. Mr. WHITE roused his wife and they tried to get out of the building. Mr. WHITE grabbed their 8-month-old baby, but before he could think he was blown out and across the street against a telephone pole. Mrs. WHITE sustained a broken back and severe cuts and lacerations about the face when she was thrown between a wall and the floor. The only part of the house left standing was the kitchen and it had one wall torn away. WHITE'S car, parked in front of the house, was crushed with debris and fallen trees. Mr. WHITE had an injured hip, the baby, bruises.

The George S. BANGERT home, a large two story house at 35 DeSoto Road was damaged considerably. The entire east wall of the house was blown out and two large trees in the front yard were up-rooted and flattened. Damage to the BANGERT home, furniture and clothing was estimated at about $5,500. Mr. BANGERT received cuts from flying glass. A son, Edmond, had his knee and toes bruised.

The home of William A. MANESS, 107 Short, was nearly demolished and most of the furniture was destroyed. Estimated damage: $2,200.

Henry F. NASH, 104 Short, house and furniture damaged.

Joe HOUSE, Route 2. Roof was torn off house clothing and furniture damaged by rain.

Emmett PINKSTON, 25 DeSoto Road. Roof damaged and water damage inside of house.

Furniture of Lindell DOUGLAS, 519 Jackson, was completely demolished. June DOUGLAS received bruises of the chest and back. Vicki Linn DOUGLAS suffered a broken rib.

Elvy JENNINGS, 212 Short. House damaged and water damage to furniture.

Jesse W. FOSTER, 509 N. Pine, reported the loss of some clothing.

Marvin MILLER, 31 Ash, sustained cuts on feet from glass and his home was damaged considerably.

The loss to George PERRET, who lives on the Cadet road less than a miles west of town, was terrific. His home, furniture, and out buildings were demolished almost a complete loss. Gaywane PERRET received a cut above her eye.

Louis AMES, 510 Pine, received a broken arm and several cuts on his head. His house was damaged considerably.

Oran SON, 37 Ash. Home damaged to some extent.

Henry STOTLER, 112 Short. Considerable damage to house, furniture damaged by rain.

Oscar M. THURMAN, 102 Ash. House damaged and Mrs. THURMAN suffered a deep cut back of her knee.

The Leonard CARRON residence, 207 Ash, was damaged considerably and a shed was demolished. Sue Lynn CARRON received a cut over her eyes.

James HUGHES, 514 N. Pine. House damaged.

Sylvester WILFONG, 514 Rongey, reported damage to his house and shed and water damage to furnishings.

Lester PETTUS, Route 2, suffered a broken back and his house was almost completely demolished.

Robert DEARING, 116 Short, reported damage to furniture.

Herbert HAWKINS, 511 Pine, reported damage to his home and loss of clothing.

Jesse MONTGOMERY, 116 Ash, reported damage to his house.

Considerable damage was sustained at the Darwin YODER residence, 512 Jackson.

Slight damage was reported at the home of Elmer WESTBROOK, 203 Short.

Roscoe MORRIS, 212 DeSoto Road. House demolished, furniture and clothing destroyed. Mr. MORRIS received cuts and bruises.

The home of George NASH, on DeSoto Road, was damaged slightly.

The barn of Mrs. W. W. ELLIOTT at French Village was damaged.

Two outbuildings and the home of David ALBRIGHT, Route 2, were damaged to the extent of $350, according to the Red Cross survey.

A shed was blown down at the Florence BAILEY home, 21 DeSoto Road.

The roof of Henry BENZ' home, 414 Jackson, was damaged slightly.

Slight damage to the roof of Mrs. Grace BOEHLE's home, 307 Jackson, was reported.

The home and barn of Roscoe BLACKWELL, 503 N. Long, was damaged to the extent of $1,700. The barn was a complete wreck.

Marvin CASH, on Jackson St., reported considerable damage to his roof.

The home of James BUNCH, 16 DeSoto Rd., was badly damaged. The walls buckled and the roof was wrecked. Estimated damage, $3000.

The home of Carl E. BUSHARD, 504 N. Long, a teacher at the Lead Belt Trade School, was also wrecked, to the extent of $5000.

Three out-buildings and the home of William CALVERT, 527 N. Long, were damaged to the extent of $1,800.

Clarence CALVERT, Hamilton Place, sustained slight damage to his place.

Henry CASBY, 211 Ash, had some damage to his house and out-buildings.

Considerable damage was sustained by Gus CRAMP 52 N. Long. $3,000.

Slight damage was reported by Stanley CRAMP, 704 Spruce.

Slight damage was reported by Clarence CRAMP, 518 N. Long.

About $1,000 damage to the home of Homer DAUGHERTY, 527 N. Jackson, was reported.

Slight damage was reported by Ed CUNNINGHAM, 417b Jackson.

Slight damage was reported by Wallace DECLUE, 29 DeSoto Rd.

The house of Robert DIXON, 14 Easter, was reported ruined.

The home of William DOUGLAS, 203 Ash, was damaged considerably.

Hubert DOUGLAS' home, 208 Ash, was also damaged considerably.

The house and outbuildings of Marvin FORSHEE, 506 N. Pine, were damaged to the extent of $1,000.

The house of Roy GANN, 305 Ash, was damaged to the extent of $4,000.

The home of Mr. GOUIN, 418 NH. Long was slightly damaged.

GRANDHOMME's Red and White store was damaged to the extent of $700, it was reported.

A storage shed and residence of Jake GRANDHOMME, 21 DeSoto Rd., were damaged.

Slight damage was reported by George GRISHAM, 425 Jackson.

Slight damage was reported by Howard HAMBRICK, Route 2.

Part of the roof of the Lee HENSON home, 710 Spruce, was torn off.

A window of the Joseph HAWKINS home, 4 DeSoto Rd., was blown out.

Two outbuildings were destroyed and three windows were broken at the residence of Mrs. Lena HEINEMANN, 32 DeSoto Rd.

Slight damage to the roof of the Harold HOLDMAN home, 721 N. Spruce, was noted.

Hartford House, 527 N. Division, sustained a partially damaged roof and damage to out-buildings.

Slight damage was reported by John T. HORN, 319 Jackson.

Slight damage was reported by Gow HUGHES, 514 N. Pine.

Roof damage and loss of sheds and damage to porch was reported by Alvine JENNINGS, 202 Short. Estimated damage: $1200.

Slight damage was reported by Bernard JONES, 413 Jackson. JONES had damage to his house roof and an outbuilding was blown over.

Leonard JONES, 213 Ash, reported $1,000 damage to his home and three sheds.

Edgar JONES, 501 N. Pine, sustained damage to his home.

Burl KOESTER, 410 N. Long, reported damage to windows and roof of his home.

Slight damage was reported by Garrett LEFTRIDGE, 514 Hamilton.

Karl LODHOLZ, Jr., 10 Easter, reported: Two windows damaged, roof, chicken house, and some water damage.

A widow, Mrs. Elva LONG, 46 Rongey, lost her house and the furnishings were damaged considerably. Estimated loss: $5,000.

Harry MILLER lost his garage (rest of the paper missing)

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