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 News - 1915

Xenia was one of the many towns in Southern Illinois that was visited by the storm wave Sunday night. While nothing serious was done there was an awful wind, and the night was horrible. The lightning flashed continually and the wind played havoc; with trees and shrubery in all parts of town. Telephone and light wires were torn down. Great damage was done to the unharvested wheat as well as the bumper apple crop which was damaged by the heavy hail.

We are informed that the news was circulated as far as Flora that the new store building of Colclasure & Son was blown down in the storm. Later the report was corrected as to it being blown down, but that it was leaning a few inches and not safe. Colclasure & Son feel a great injustice by such reports and feel that such is a detriment to their business. In fact the building was not blown down, neither is it leaning nor dangerous. It is an up-to-date store building and should stand as a monument to the business interests of the town. But why should they worry, as Mr. Colclasure puts it; some people must talk.

Extracted from the Southern Illinois Record - June 24, 1915

 1915 Storm