TORNADO 1917

MORE TORNADOES IN MIDDLE WEST

At Least 10 Persons Reported Dead & 50 Or More Hurt,
Early Reports Indicate

The Daily Courier
Connelsville, Pa.
31 May 1917
Pg. 2, Col. 3

By: Associated Press

St. Louis, Mo., May 31 – Tornadoes in Missouri & Southern Illinois yesterday caused the death of at least 10 persons & the injury of 50 or more, according to advices today.

At Mineral Point, Missouri, four were killed & 30 injured.  At Palmer three were known to be dead & a number injured & at Eye, one man was killed.  In Alexander county Illinois, two men were killed & one hurt.  Four other Missouri towns, Graniteville, Bonne Terre, Diehlstadt & Bismarck were reported struck by the storm but definite information has not yet come from those points.

An automatic block signal on the Iron Mountain Railroad near Mineral Point, put into operation by the wind, warned a Memphis train carrying 100 passengers, who watched the storm destroy the village & then gave aid to the injured.  The victims were placed on the train & taken to DeSoto where they were cared for at the Railroad Y.M.C.A.  Scores of negroes at Mineral Point aided in the rescue work, according to Conductor Grag of the Memphis – St. Louis train. 

A number of ___?____ were reported.  A thrilling race with the tornado was won by the engineer of the Mississippi – Bonne Terre railroad near Mineral Point & possibly saved the lives of 100 passengers.  When the twister became visible the engineer put on all steam in an effort to outrun it.  The storm followed the train for more than a mile before it changed it’s course.