Various Towns, IL - IN - MO "The Great Tri-State Tornado", Mar 1925

School Ruins at Murpheysboro ILL School Ruins DeSoto ILL Heinz Plant Princeton IN Grade School Baldwin Heights IN Track of the Tornado

HUNDREDS DIE IN MID-WEST TORNADO.

DEATH TOLL MAY REACH 1,000 AS REPORTS ROLL IN.

SEVERAL TOWNS REPORTED WIPED OFF MAP BY FORCE OF STORM WHICH SWEEPTS INDIANA AND ILLINOIS, WITH REPORTS OF DEAD AND INJURED TRICKLING IN OVER WRECKED AVENUES OF COMMUNICATION.

WEST FRANKFORT, LITTLE MINING VILLAGE, REPORTED HARDEST HIT.

(By The Associated Press)
Chicago, Mar. 18. -- A tornado tore through southern Illinois today after lashing eastern Missouri and then caused considerable damage in Indiana before it died out to the north-east after collecting a reported toll of 3,631 persons dead or injured on the basis of estimates available tonight from the storm-swept regions where communication was largely destroyed.
While darkness and prostrated wires made the collection of data difficult estimates which came in through various sources with ever-increasing tolls, placed the total dead at 957 and the injured at 2,674 before midnight.
The destruction of property was enormous. Several towns being almost entirely wiped out and such populous places as West Frankfort and Murphysboro having lost whole blocks of buildings. In the town of Parrish only three persons were said to have escaped injury or death out of a population of 500.
The wind was so powerful at Parrish that bodies were carried more than a mile. It was reported at Murphysboro, where the dead totaled 100, a school house was blown down over the heads of 245 pupils, while at DeSoto, late estimates placed the dead at 100 and the injured at 300 out of a total population of 703.
A school house at DeSoto also was rezed and only 3 of the 250 occupants escaped unhurt, while 88 bodies already have been taken from the ruins. The latest reports say that 700 persons were killed at Parrish and West Frankfort alone, but other information placed the loss in these towns somewhat lower.

Chicago, March 18. -- More that 1,500 persons are reported killed or injured by a tornado which swept through southern Illinois and Indiana late, today, causing great property damage and virtually wiping out two or three towns in its path from Missouri to othe northeast. Wires were down in every direction under the fury of the winds and it was impossible tonight to check the reported casualties.
West Frankfort, Ills., a mining town on the face of tonight's reports suffered the greatest loss of life, estimates of the dead running as high as 1,000.
Murphysboro, thirty miles south-west of West Frankfort, with a population of 11,000, suffered severely with a casualty list reported as high as 250. Great havoc was wrought to buildings in this city and fire broke out in the debris. On report of this situation an effort was made by Governor Small to send troops to Murphysboro while relief trains and Red Cross workers prepared to depart from Chicago and St. Louis for the storm area.
While railroad dispatchers from previous experiences thought that first estimates of the casulaties might prove excessive it seemed certain from reports originating in many places on the edge of the storm's path that the dead might number in the hundreds. No reports had been received at a late hour of damage in the rural regions.
Other Casualties.
Among the other towns and cities to report damage and loss of life were DeSoto, Illinois, with 150 casualties reported; Parrish, Illinois, with all but three of a population of five hundred reported either killed or injured; Princeton, Indiana, with an estimate of 100 casualties; Griffin, Indiana, with twenty; Gorham, Illinois, with 37; Carmi, Illinois, with 150, and Crossville, Bush and Hurst, Illinois, reporting serious damage and numerous casualties.
Darkness descended over the desolated area shortly after the wind, had twisted its way to the northeast and the streets of the demolished towns were filled with frantic inhabitants climbing over the piles of wreckage, seeking missing friends and relatives. From the recesses of the jumbled timbers came the cries of injured persons, who were pinned beneath the wreckage, while the bodies of the dead could be seen far down in the debris whence it was impossible to extricate them.
Starts In Missouri.
The twisting wind apparently assumed its dangerous proportions in eastern Missouri, shortly after 3 o'clock this afternoon. It wiped out most of Annapolis, Missouri, and then tore its way across the Mississippi river into Illinois, apparently lifting its devastating force and spreading out like a river delta until the various twisters descended some 25 miles east of the Mississippi.
It was around 3 o'clock when the tornado again touched earth with its mighty swish, swinging through Murphysboro and Desota, and laying these places waste in the twinkling of an eye. The wind rushed on close to earth for 15 or 20 miles and then apparently lifted until it came to Carmi, Ills., near the Indiana line. After taking its toll in that region the storm again rose only to descend once more, 20 miles west of the state line at Princeton, Ind.

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Christpher majors was my grandfather was not killed .The dick Nash you refer to I think was a civil war vetran who lived with the Major family was found out in a field. My grandmother Anna Jane Major was severly injured was taken by train to evansville Ind. to the welborn Hospital lived, but had a stiff leg. My mother and Brother Mary Major, and herbert Major left a car on the way home from school and got in a ditch, and lived Allen Hanshoe a school teacher was killed in the school he was a brother to Anna Jane Major.My mother Mary Major went to robinson Il to live with two cousins Mary and Thelma Elsperman. All in all 9 members of our family were killed. In about 1927 all of the above Chris Anna, Herbert and Mary came to Ill to live in Bethany Il My mother and grandmother have told me about the toranado many times in later years it was called the storm.There were several people with the name allen have met a tragic death, I am the last allen left.My great Grandparents were Andrew & Molliie Hanshoe. We are also related to the stoneburgers, Ana Jane Hanshoe Major was one of five daughters of Andrew Hanshoe, Today there are no realitives of our family living in Griffin Id.writen by Hollis Allen Dick Bethany, Il BX307 2176653531

Great Tornado of March 1925

My wife's family, lived in Griffin, IN was totally wiped out by the tornado. Her great uncle, DAVID CREEK lost his leg and his son William was about 10, was thrown through a barn and killed. Other distant family members, Richard Nash, Christpher Major and others were also killed that day or within days of the storm.