Morris, IL Carnival Damaged By Severe Storm-Hippodrome Collapsed, May 1912

Carnival Hit By Heavy Wind

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Tents Blown Down During Storm

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RAIN STOPS THE SHOW

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GREAT CLOUDS OF DUST PRECEDE THE STORM AND DRIVES MOST OF THE PEOPLE TO THEIR HOMES IN FRIGHT--NARROW ESCAPE FROM INJURY IN LARGE TENT OF THE HIPPODROME--ONE OF THE TRAINED ANIMALS IS INJURED--TREES BLOWN DOWN IN MORRIS AND BUILDINGS DAMAGED ON THE OUTSKIRTS.

Morris, Ill., May 28 - Before the street carnival got fairly under way last night a very severe wind and rain storm struck Morris. The band had rendered a few selections and some of the shows were getting ready to open when the wind sent great clouds of dust through the streets, causing most of the crowd to scamper for home. Rain then descended in torrents and there were severe flashes of lighting.

Tent is Blown Down

The large tent of the Hippodrome, located on West Jefferson street, which was the cause of much objection because of the complete obstruction of the street, was blown down. There were several carnival employees in the tent and they narrowly missed injury by the falling of three large center poles.

Animals in the Hippodrome were carried to nearby buildings for protection. One of the animals, a trained goat, was quite badly hurt, one of its legs being nearly broken.

The tent containing the ostriches also was blown down.

Other tents of the carnival company were somewhat damaged. The high trapeze for the free act at the south end of Wauponsee street was blown down. The carnival company also suffered other damage.

The management of the carnival company announces that all shows will be open tonight.

Electric wires were blown down and the current had to be shut off to prevent people from coming in contact with live wires. This left the city in darkness so far as electricity was concerned. The rain continued and it was impossible to give any of the shows.

The damage to telephone wires was mostly southwest of Morris, and it took a large force of men to repair them.

Damage throughout City

Considerable damage was done throughout Morris and the adjoining country.

At the home of Mrs. Frank Peacock east of town the wind blew down a hay shed and chicken coop.

On the farm of Abel Osmon north of town some chicken coops were lifted off the foundations, leaving the chicken on the roosts. A heavy door which lay against a coop was blown about fifteen rods.

Tree Falls On House

In Morris many trees were blown down

A large tree in the yard at the home of Alderman Field was blown down and fell on the house. It struck a portion of the roof, tearing the shingles and the eave troughs. It also broke the cement sidewalk leading to the front door.

Mrs. Field, who was alone when the storm came up, went to the house of a neighbor and there was no one in the house when the tree fell. When Mrs. Field went home she could not get into the house, as the tree obstructed the entire front porch. It was necessary to cut away branches to reach the door.

Mrs. Ben Henderson was passing the house with her two children when the tree fell, and although none of it struck them they were badly frightened.

Morris Daily Herald. 1912-05-28