Joliet, IL Storm, May 1886
The Storm at Joliet
JOLIET, Ill., May 13.----One of the most severe storms ever known here struck Joliet about 6:30 p. m. yesterday evening. A deluge of rain, thunder and hail were deafening and the electric display unparalleled. Burr Robbins' circus was showing here, and in the midst of the performance the storm struck the tent and turned it upside down. The women screamed, the animals raved, and a general stampede amid sheets of lightning, drenching rain and a resistless gale resulted. Three persons were seriously injured and a number slightly hurt by the panic occasioned thereby.
Decatur Republican, Decatur, IL 13 May 1886