Source: Portland Daily Press (Portland, ME) Vol.: 17 Page: 2
Dated: Tuesday, Apr. 27, 1880
THE ILLINOIS CYCLONE
Several Towns in Christian County Damaged.
A LARGE NUMBER OF LIVES LOST.
New York, April 26. - A despatch
from Taylorville, Ill., says that a cyclone passed over a portion of
Christian county on Saturday evening, marking its course 30 rods
wide and ten miles long. Houses, timber, barns and fences were
carried away, and several lives were lost. Among the killed
are Mrs. T. T. J. Langley and two children of Alonzo
Cutler. One of the Cutler children was found in a
brush heap 200 yards from the house with the upper part of his skull
gone. Besides these, Mrs. Cutler, John Hay, Harry Langley,
Mrs. Hoefner and two children, Alexander Elliott, James Watts
and wife, and Geo. Higgins and wife are not expected to live.
Mr. and Mrs. Higgisn are in a precarious condition.
They sought shelter from the storm behind a chicken coop, and
several hours after were picked up a quarter of a mile away mangled
almost beyond recognition. Other wounded ones are Lizzie
Leigh, Thomas Chew, two children of John Hay, T. S. Langley
and child, Benjamin Leigh, three children of Mrs. Hoefner,
Mrs. Elliot, T. W. Brents and Thos. Hill.
Some 15 or 20 dwelling houses, barns and other farm
property were leveled to the ground, and the debris was carried by
the wind miles form where it was picked up. Willow Ford
bridge, across the South Fork, was torn to atoms, and some of the
heavy timbers found a mile away. The damage done to houses,
barns, fences, wheat fields and stock, reaches $60,000. Many
families are destitute for clothing, homes and food. Relief
has been furnished those bereft of the necessaries of life, and
further assistance will be rendered. All the physicians and
many citizens have set out for the scene of the calamity to render
Great trees were torn up by the roots and carried rods
away. The bodies of horses, cattle, sheep and hogs are lying
around everywhere, some of them having been thrown against the
ground so violently as almost to bury them. One horse was
found standing on its head in a barn. Others were run through
with rails. Miles of fencing are down.
The cyclone struck Sheffield, Ill., blowing down
Valentine's store, in which two powder cans exploded, severely
wounding a clerk. Several houses were blown from their
foundations, and a large number of people badly injured.
Mrs. Abner Haynes was blown 200 yards and killed. Over
$100,000 worth of property was destroyed.
At Edinburg, Ill., five houses and barns were torn to
pieces, and Mr. and Mrs. Griggins fatally injured.
At West Prairie, Illinois, the cyclone destroyed some
eight houses and killed Mrs. Langley, fatally injured her
child, also fatally injured Alexander Elliott and Wm.
Grubbs; a child of the latter was carried away by the wind and
has not yet been found. Physicians have gone from Clarksdale.
Source: Owyhee Avalanche (Silver City, ID) Vol.: 19 Issue: 11
Dated: Saturday, Oct. 27, 1883
The Emma Bond case comes up for trial at Taylorville,
Illinois, next month. Miss Bond, a school teacher was
cruelly outraged about one year ago, and is thought to have
sufficiently recovered to tistify in court.
Source: St. Louis Republic (St. Louis, MO) Page 11
Dated: Friday, Feb. 15, 1895
TO BURN THE JAIL.
Noah Foster Made Three Attempts in Christian County Illinois.
Special to the Republic
Pana, Ill., Feb. 14 - Noah Foster has made three
attempts to burn the Christian County Jail, in which he is
imprisoned, awaiting trial next month for the murder of young
Arthur L. Binnion last December. The first attempt was
made by taking off his trousers and holding them on the stove until
they were ignited. He then held them aloft but was seen in
time to prevent the ceiling from catching fire. Next time he
piled newspapers given him upon the stove and ignited the ceiling
with them, but the fire was extinguished. The third time he
was again caught in the act. The evidence against him is
strong and many believe he will hang.
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, S. D.) Page Four
Dated: Monday, Apr. 26, 1909
WANTED IN ILLINOIS
Christian County, Ill. Sheriff Has Requisition for South Dakotan
Pierre, April 26, - Sheriff H. W.
Johnson of Christian County, Illinois, today served a
requisition for Thomas Ryan, wanted in Illinois on a forgery
charge. Ryan is serving a term in the penitentiary in
this state and will be met by the Illinois officers when he steps
from the South Dakota prison on the 29th of this month.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL) Volume: LXXXVI
Issue: 311 Page: Fourteen
Dated: Sunday, Nov. 7, 1915
NEGRO SHOT TO DEATH BY AN ILLINOIS MOB.
TAYLORVILLE, ILL. Nov. 6 - A posse of a thousand men,
headed by Sheriff Barnes, of Christian county, this afternoon
surrounded in a wood north of here three negroes accused of shooting
Guy A. Winters, of Decatur, shot one of the negroes to death
and captured a second. The negroes are accused of shooting
Winters, who is a Wabash train conductor when he put them off
his train. He will recover.