Greenville, IL Tornado, Apr 1880

GREENVILLE, Ill., April 18.---A terrible tornado passed over here at 8 p. m. blowing down several buildings and unroofing a good many others. Those severely damaged are the residences of Dr. Allen, M. E. Denny, Samuel Bradford, James Bradford, the College and First National Bank. The steeple was taken off the M. E. Church and much other damage was done. No one was hurt as far as had been heard from. The total damage will probably amount to $20,000 or $30,000. Train No. 5 east of the V[ineligible] Railroad had a lucky escape from being wrecked by striking the telegraph wires, and stopped just in time to keep from running into a tree blown across the track. They had to cut away five trees in a quarter of a mile before getting out of the timber. This happened five miles west of Greenville.

Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur, IL 19 Apr 1880