Tonca, IL Storms, Jun 1874
In the past two weeks we have had two severe storms. In the first one, James Kane's cow was instantly killed by the lightening and 13 telegraph poles struck. By the last one, David Grant's house was struck on the corner of the building, entered the inside breaking glass, tearing down doors and burning a few articles; but doing no serious damage. The wind was very strong and upset corncribs, sheds and blew down doors for several of the farmers south-west of Tonica.
The same Thursday, some 10 miles further east, a large tree was struck and pieces of wood as large as a man were thrown six or eight rods. The space occupied by this storm did not extend a very great distance.
Tonca News, Tonca, IL 4 Jun 1874