Effingham County, Illinois
WIND DESTROYS PROPERTY
A very damaging wind and rain storm visited our city Wednesday night about 11:30 p.m.. blowing down trees and fences, razing chimneys to the combs, damaging roofs and buildings, and in many ways tearing up things in general. Frank Miller's shop was "racked" about four inches from a perpendicular; M. M. Kelly's barn was racked also; Fred Fischer and Mr. Berning's places of business were rendered chimneyless; Wetherell's orchard was robbed of some of its choicest trees; Lesmeister's blacksmith shop is devoid of a chimney; N. Mann's warehouse was partly unroofed, and the mill partly minused of some of its tin roofing; several windows were blown out; and limbs were scattered promiscuously around.
The last but not least damaging resultant to be mentioned is the almost total destruction of the building occupied by Kelly & Burner, milliners. All but the kitchen in the rear was moved from its foundation, the store department being moved two or three feet and twisted racked and splintered all to thunder. The heavy down-pour of rain accompanying the wind added to the damaging power of the storm and before the goods could be removed much injury was done to them. It is needless to say that the occupants, Miss Effie Kelly and Miss Nettie Burner, were scared e'en a'most to death, -- as anyone would be under similar circumstances, these ladies using the rear portion of the building for a residence. They have (through the kindness of Dr. Haumesser) moved their stock of goods to the front room of Dr. Haumesser's office where they are still ready to sell goods "rain or shine"
Had the force of the storm been a little greater, little would have been left to mark the location of Shumway.
Cyclones, please leave our little village alone in the future, as we can do better business and have more pleasure and a feeling of greater security without you. Do you understand? [Shumway Advance, Friday June 4, 1897, page 1]
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