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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Civil War-era barn destroyed in Stonefort

  • A barn built shortly after the American civil war was destroyed by the strong storms that swept through Southern Illinois on Thursday night.
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  • A barn built shortly after the American civil war was destroyed by the strong storms that swept through Southern Illinois on Thursday night.
    The barn, belonging to Betty Trammell of Stonefort, was gutted by the storm which swept through the area. Trammell’s son, H.V. Trammell said the barn was a total loss, with only the north and south ends, added in the 1960s, still standing.
    “The old section was what was called a pegged barn, built using wooden pegs instead of nails,” Trammell said Friday morning. “We just used it to store machinery anymore and fortunately the tractors were not damaged.”
    At the south-west edge Stonefort, at the end of Roosevelt Street, several houses were damaged by windblown debris. The home of Gary Reeves suffered several holes in the outer walls facing the storm’s path and lost the chimney as well as sustaining several holes in the roof.
    “The whole house flexed and twisted. It sounded like the roof was coming off. I’ve got cracked plaster on the walls through the entire house,” Reeves stated.
    Reeves’s neighbor, Alan Jackson had a small tree branch penetrate the wall of the upper story of his house. Jackson’s brother Jay, who lives directly across the street, had a large section of siding ripped from the southwest wall of his residence and storm debris scattered across his yard.
    “We are still looking for the chickens,” Alan Jackson said Friday morning, referring to the chickens he raises for eggs.
    A large tree was blown down and blocked U.S. 45 South overnight and an IDOT crew was finishing clearing it at 9:20 a.m. Friday morning. The old Stonefort school building lost a few windows and some roofing during the storm, though most of the storms damage was confined to the south and west edges of Stonefort with no injuries or deaths reported from the storms impact.
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