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 Gertrude M. Burklow

Gertrude M. Burklow

Birth
Death 1975 (aged 83–84)
Burial Chester, Randolph County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 100114887 · View Source
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Witness to the destruction of the Chester Bridge in 1944
excerpt from I Remember - Early Memories of Chester, Illinois by Jessie Huffstutler

In 1944 a tornado struck the bridge and tore out the two center
spans and dropped them in the river.

"A bridge over the Mississippi at Chester just below the prison was started in 1939 by the Massman Construction Company and completed in 1942. On Saturday evening, Aug. 4, 1944, at 9:30 p.m. a tornado came roEiring down the river, hit the bluff, and veered toward the Missouri shore
and destroyed our beautiful bridge. The two central spans were torn from the piers and dropped on their side into the river. When the electric cable broke, flames shot into the air, making possible the sight of just what happened to two people who were nearby and watching at the proper time.
Mrs. Gertrude Burklow was on her porch, awaiting her husband's return from work at the Security Hospital. Jack Sutt, who worked at the light and ice plant, was also watching and saw it. He called the toll gate on the bridge
and informed the keeper who was Fonrose Jones. All of Chester was in complete deu-kness for some time."


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  • Created by: DaWaRa
  • Added: 3 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100114887
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gertrude M. Burklow (1891–1975), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100114887, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Chester, Randolph County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by DaWaRa (contributor 47075731) .