Milton, Footville, Layden, Union Ford, WI Tornado, Sep 1931

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ONE KILLED MANY INJURED IN HEAVY WINDSTORM.

HOME STRUCK, ROCK COUNTY FARMER DIES.

THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF PROPERTY DAMAGED BY SMALL TORNADO.

Janesville, Wis., Sept. 22 -- (AP) -- One fatality, at least eight persons injured, and thousands of dollars in property damage resulted from a windstorm of near tornado intensity which swept an area about a mile wide and 25 miles long in Rock County last night.
HIGH WHITFORD, a farmer living two miles north of Milton Junction, was killed and his mother was injured when their home collapsed as they attempted to reach the safety of the cellar.
AUGUST SCHACHTSCHNEIDER, his wife, and their sons, CARL and AUGUST, JR., were cut and bruised when their home was wrecked. Others injured included CARL SVENDEN, 38, of Milladore; MR. and MRS. GEORGE GREEN, and MRS. CHARLES HERMITAGE. None was believed critically hurt.
Numerous farm buildings were twisted from foundations, the timbers in many instances scattering over a wide area. Cattle and horses injured by the falling debris were so badly crippled they had to be killed. Communication lines collapsed under the weight of fallen poles and trees.
The storm, which witnesses described as a small and large funnel shaped twister, struck in the vicinity of Oxfordville in the southwest corner of Rock county shortly before 5 p.m. It followed a southeasterly course, cutting a path from 500 feet to a mile in width, finally disssapating itself near Indian Ford.
Rainfall that continued intermittently until after midnight followed the storm.
Deputy sheriffs and volunteers sent into the area by Sheriff J. S. Fessenden to determine whether help was needed reported that Highways 13, 51, 59 and 20 were temporarily blocked. Linemen of the Wisconsin Power and Light company said practically every telephone and power line pole along five miles of Highway 51 were blown down.
Communities which suffered most damage included Milton Junction, Layden, Indian Ford, Footville and Union Ford. The storm passed about midway between Janesville and Edgerton.
On the HUGO HEYSE farm, near Lima Center, all buildings but the residence were demolished. At the L. J. CALDWELL farm, six miles north of Janesville, all the buildings were razed, the five members of the family having taken refuge in the cellar. A tourist camp, on Higway 51, between Janesville and Indian Ford, was virtually wiped out.
The windstorm lasted less than 30 minutes over the entire route.

Stevens Point Daily Journal Wisconsin 1931-09-22