A Man Carried Twenty Feet by a Whirlwind and Killed

Last Saturday our community were both shocked and grieved to learn of the sudden death of W. J. Van Eman, of Grove township. It appears that Mr. Van Eman had been to the post-office at Netherland, and was returning to his home. This was on Friday afternoon. When within about one and a half miles of his home he was overtaken by the storm which passed over that section of the country. He must have been in the direct path of the whirlwind, and he was lifted from the ground to the height of fifteen or twenty feet and dashed down again, breaking his neck and causing instant death. The Hutchinson Interior, Hutchinson, Kansas. May 23, 1878. Page 1. © Transcribed by Darren McMannis for the Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies, Inc.