Archive for Saturday, April 16, 2011

100 years ago: Lawrence begins road to recovery after devastating tornado

April 16, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 16, 1911:

“Unaware that his wife had been instantly killed in the [April 12] tornado, and begging his watchers to allow him to accompany him on the same train, Dave Wheeler, who was nearly killed on the Doubleday farm by the storm, was sent to Kansas City last night. Wheeler was so weak from his injuries that the attending physician believed it was imperative that the knowledge of his wife’s tragic death be kept from him. ‘Where is Ethel?’ he kept asking as he was being prepared for his journey. ‘Why can’t she go on the same train with me?’ Ethel had been very critically injured, he was told, and she would not be gotten ready until a later train. He seemed satisfied with this story and was so weak from exhaustion that he did not press his inquiries further. Her body was held and went on a later train.”

“‘I don’t know when I can get your machinery going,’ said Charles Pettibone to the Journal-World yesterday morning, ‘but I do know I will not go to dinner until I have started you off.’ That was the spirit back of the electric light people all day yesterday.”

“The cyclone made a lot of work for E. L. Charlton and his clerks. At an early hour this morning from fifty to seventy-five losses had been reported upon which he carried cyclone insurance, and with his customary promptness he began getting out the proofs at once.”


kernal 7 years, 1 month ago

"This is garbage take it down please." Nope, this is our local history and the way newspapers wrote stories one hundred years ago. You don't have to read this section of the LJW in the future, if you don't like it.

couldBmeorU 7 years, 1 month ago

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giveitback 7 years, 1 month ago

I agree. Lawrence has some REAL history behind it. To bad people don't see how "town folks" bound together to help out back then. Some do today, but many do not. I am glad LJW post these old stories. Let it be a lesson to you.

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