Dunning, IL Tornado, Mar 1920

The tornado cutting a ragged 200 foot path, bored through the modest residences of Melrose park, cut past an insane asylum at Dunning, Ill., and leaped in full ferocity on Wilmette, one of the rich suburbs of Chicago.

At Dunning the insane patients scurried about the corridors in terror. They were finally controlled with difficulty. The asylum was not touched by the wind and it offered a refuge for the first hundred wounded and for hundreds more of refugees.

Most of the dead were crushed by falling buildings.

Three of thirty-six refugee patients at Dunning insane hospital were expected to die today.

The Fort Wayne News And Sentinel, Ft Wayne, IN 29 Mar 1920


Dunning Is Hit Hard.

The state hospital for the insane at Dunning, on the edge of Chicago, was converted into an emergency hospital and a place of refuge for the homeless. More than 200 houses were destroyed at Dunning.

The Idaho Daily Statesman, Boise, ID 29 Mar 1920


Known Dead

Dunning, 4:

Mrs. H. Hansen,
Edward Jameson,
Alfred H. Hanse,
Elizabeth Laufengergen.

Tulsa Daily World, Tulsa, OK 29 Mar 1920