Lead Belt Hit
The Sikeston Herald
Sikeston, Missouri
25 March 1948

Four towns in McCoupin county Ill., were almost destroyed last Friday by one of a series of storms which swept across the Mississippi Valley from Texas to western Pennsylvania & New York & extending across the border into Canada.

Two persons are reported killed in Washington County, Missouri, four in Ohio, two in Kentucky & one each in Michigan, Pennsylvania & New York.

At Irondale in Washington county & near the St. Francois county Lead Belt, Elbert Province & Pete Hicks lost their lives, & 15 or more were injured.  In & near Bonne Terre in St. Francois county 16 persons were reported injured.  Marvin Lester Pettis of that town & Mrs. Effie Van Sickles of Farmington were taken to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, suffering from serious injuries.

Much property damage was sustained throughout the district surrounding Bonne Terre, reaching as far as Farmington, Irondale & other communities & disrupting telephone service in all those communities & as far south as Fredericktown.  By Saturday afternoon most of the telephone service had been restored.  Property damage at Bonne Terre may reach half a million dollars

Before nightfall the American Red Cross was administering to the needs of the stricken Illinois towns, & $250,000 was allotted to relieve distress in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana & Ohio.  The Army also moved in equipment to aid victims of the storms.