“A Cyclone Near Mexico, Mo.
Mexico, Mo., May 28. – A cyclone visited the northern part of Audrian county yesterday afternoon with death and destruction. The killed so far as known are: ELIZA WARE and daughter; J.G.WARE, HILDA BLAZE, aged 6 years; EULAH MILLER, 9 years; ROSE HODGE, 6 years, and the 9-year-old son of Albert Knougle.
The fatally injured are Eugene Lott, aged 7; Pearly Hodge, 8; and son of Frank Endel, 8. A number of others less seriously; physicians have gone to the scene. The damage done done to the house and trees and crops is very great.
Many dwellings and other buildings were swept away. At Bean Creek, the school house was destroyed and scholars were killed and eighteen injured, the teacher, Miss Mary Blinco, fatally. Reports are still coming and no estimating of the loss of life and property is possible. The residence of George See, at High Hill, was demolished, and Mrs. See was killed. The children were injured.
Daily Republican, Decatur, IL 28 May 1896”