Joplin, MO Tornado, Apr 1911

STORM IN MISSOURI

JOPLIN, MO., April 12 -- Seven persons were variously injured, many other experienced narrow escapes, and property damage of many thousands of dollars was inflicted and telegraph, telephone and interurban railway service was demoralized for several hours by a wind storm that swept this district in four minutes tonight.

T. J. Welton was picked up by the wind in the heart of the Joplin business section, carried ten feet into the air and blown along the entire length of a city block, being deposited in the hall of a building. His right leg was broken and he is be lived to have suffered internal injuries.

Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN 13 Apr 1911

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JOPLIN GOT A TASTE OF IT.

One Killed, Eight Injured and Heavy Damage to Property by the High Wind.

JOPLIN, Mo., April 12. -- Mrs. Almeda Shelley, 60 years old, was killed two miles north of here tonight. John W. Shelley, her husband, was dangerously injured. Seven other persons were injured severely, many others escaped death and property damage of many thousand dollars was inflicted by a windstorm lasting less than four minutes that swept this district tonight. The Shelley home was destroyed.

T. J. Welton of Joplin was picked up by the wind in the center of the Joplin business section, carried ten feet into the air and blown along exactly the length of a city block, being deposited at the corner of Fourth and Main in the hall of a building. He suffered a broken leg and internal injuries. His flight was observed by several hundred persons, but by a peculiar freak of the wind no others were carried into the air, although several were knocked down by the blast. The other persons were injured in the collapse of their homes.

The Kansas City Times, Kansas City, MO 13 Apr 1911