Moselle, MO Car Overturns In Creek, July 1929
MOTHER AND FOUR BABIES DROWNED AS CLOUDBURST OVERTURNS CAR IN CREEK.
Moselle, Mo., July 15. -- MRS. MARIE BECKMAN, 28, her four children, ages 15 months to four years, her mother and her brother were drowned in Pin Oak Creek, southwest of here, yesterday when a five-foot wall of water from a cloudburst overturned and automobile and swept them to their deaths.
An eighth person was a victim of the storm at DeSoto, Mo., 20 miles from here, when he was struck by lightning while playing ball.
WILLIAM F. BECKMAN, husband and father, was the only survivor of the family outing yesterday and he owed his life to the fact he had gone for assistance to get the automobile started when the swirling torrent poured down on the hapless group.
BECKMAN had parked the car on the edge of the creek. Rain an hour or so before the cloudburst made the bank slippery and the machine slid into the creek. BECKMAN prevailed on a farmer to tow him out but with the machine again on the bank BECKMAN found the car's distributor was wet. He left his family to get aid only to return to see the machine overturned and demolished. The farmer's car likewise was destroyed by the water. The farmer couldn't say how he escaped the torrent.
Coroner Thomas P. Shaffer of Union, organized searching parties and three of the bodies were recovered.
The cloudburst struck DeSoto accompanied by lightning and a high wind. CLARENCE STAHL, 15, was instantly killed by the bolt as he was seeking shelter. Houses were unroofed and basements flooded.
Laurel Daily Leader Mississippi 1929-07-15
List of Casualties from the Billings Gazette Montana 1929-07-15
MRS. MARIE BECKMAN, 28.
VIRGIL BECKMAN, 7.
MARIE BECKMAN, 5.
IRENE BECKMAN, 3.
BERNICE BECKMAN, 15 months old.
LAWRENCE TIGGES, 15.
MRS. MAY TIGGES, 51, mother of Mrs. Beckman and Lawrence Tigges.