Cedar Rapids, IA to Albany, IL Tornado, June 1860
The last thing MR. WOOLEY remembers doing in the house, was trying to put the key in the key hole. When he came to he was about fifty feet from where his house stood, clinging to a stump. He started to the assistance of his wife, when the wind again took him and carried him into a creek about ten rods distant, and when he came to his senses he was trying to extricate himself from the creek by clinging to the willows. The little girl that was killed was lying on the bed, asleep, at the time and life was extinct when found by her parents.
The next was the large two-story brick house of MR. GUNNING'S. By some very miraculous cause, no one was hurt except MRS. WILSON, a neighbor, who had called in. Her head and arms were badly bruised.
MR. QUASS' house was the next in order, and although things are knocked about in every conceivable form no one was very badly injured.
The brick house of J. G. McCLOUD, occupied by S. STEWART and SETH W. MARTIN, came next.
How any of the people escaped being crushed to death is a wonder to everybody. MRS. STEWART
had her collar bone broken and MRS. MARTIN received five severe cuts about the forehead. MR. STEWART was the first to give the alarm in town, he having been blown out of the house against a sapling where he managed to hang until the storm had somewhat abated, and then started for this city for aid, more dead than alive. When arrived here he had nothing but shirt and pants on. He had run the distance of two miles as fast as a man could ride a horse.
Directly up the road, about 80 rods, was the new frame house of W. COOPER, which was said to be as strongly built as any house of the kind in the country. There were seven in the family none of which are dangerously injured. MR. COOPER received a pretty black eye, and a sprained ankle.
The barn was about ten rods from the house. This barn was lifted entirely from its foundation and carried about twelve feet south, and three feet east, and set down as if it had been built there. The horses that were in the barn at the time received no injury, nor is there a crack or blemish about it. What is still more strange is the fact that the house went toward the north while the barn which is directly back of the house, went to the south.
About 80 rods southward stood the frame house of WM. VAUGHN, bricked in between the joists. MR. & MRS. VAUGHN received some pretty severe bruises, but none so but what they were able to be about on yesterday. MISS VAUGHN a young lady of about 18 years of age received a severe blow on the back, so that she was not able to turn herself in bed. The house was a complete wreck.
Farther on we found the farm of W. H. FURMAN, whose buildings have all excaped, but he has suffered a small loss by the killing of his stock. GEO. A. FURMAN was caught by the wind and whirled heels over head a distance of five rods, but received no injury. A. W. RAYMOND'S house we visited next. This was a small frame house, and it was crushed to ruins. MRS. RAYMOND received a cut or two on her head which rendered her senseless about two hours. MISS BRUCE who was also in the house had her right ankle bone broken, and received small bruises all over her body.
DRS. COULTER & TAYLOR were the attending Physicians in all of the above cases.
JAMES REED'S large brick house was the next in our line. The wind took this on the south side completely carrying away the upper story and forcing the west end out to the ground. MR. REED saved all his family by putting them in the cellar.
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