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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 assistance.
     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 Page: 1
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.
(Associated Press)
     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.

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