Experience's Children

Newton Family Stories

Leo Newton's dragline

cuts into the Iowa prairie

A story in pictures.

For 28 years Leo Newton worked his dragline all across the Middle West, including Minnesota and even Colorado, thought most of his life he lived and worked in or near Poweshiek County, Iowa.

Michael Keeney Family of Missouri

On land in the southwest part of the county, entered by Michael Keeney, who emigrated from Tennessee to Lafayette county, Missouri in 1827 and to Jackson county, Missouri, in 1829, was located a burying ground for the members of the Keeney family.

Michael Keeney, the son of Thomas Keeney and Mary Reeves Keeney, married Nancy Wiley, and to them were born 8 sons and 1 daughter. The daughter was Mary Ann, who married Isaac J. Holloway, and is buried in the Bryant Cemetery near Belton, Cass county, Missouri.

While the old Kenney farm was located partly in Jackson county and partly in Cass county, the burying ground was on that part of the farm which was in Jackson county. All trace of the old family burying ground is erased, but the following inscriptions were copied several years ago by Mr. J. R. Kenney, a grandson of Michael Keeney, from the stones which he found piled in a corner of a corn field:

Keeney Family Burying Ground, Section 32, Township 47, Range 33W

Source: http://www.yourlaunchpad.com/terry/jackson/keeneyfamily.htm

Cushing Cyclone Struck

HERALD, Cushing, Oklahoma
Friday, November 6, 1903
(BE WARNED: this is a bit horrific)
article courtesy Sharon Combs Natoli

On last Saturday morning about one o'clock a terrific cyclone passed directly over Cushing destroying much property and endangering many lives. We did not get the full fury of the storm as it was too high, but it reached down and shook us up in spots just to let us know it was there. The Dad Tanner building is a two story structure was struck and the lower story blown out making a one story building out of it.

The saddest occurence as a result of the storm was the burning to death of Mrs. Robinson, who lived with her boys in their new home west of the Santa Fe tracks. When the storm struck them it over turned their house and upset the stove setting the house on fire. Frank and Rolla were both at home and both injured by flying furniture. Frank was severly bruised all over, while Rolla had his foot mashed. Mrs. Robinson was knocked insensible. The boys succeeded in getting outside but neither knew where the other was and were unable to hear anything but the noise of the storm. Frank entered the house again by a window in search of the others and found his mother lying insensible where she had fallen. Mrs. Robinson, being a large woman, it took all his strength to get her to the window, but was unable to lift her through. In the meantime, Rolla had found a rock and had ounded a holeint he floor of the building. Frank who was utterly exhausted was compelled to drop his mother in order to save himself. The fall revived Mrs. Robinson and she heard her son Rolla calling through the hole he had made. She crawled over to where he was and Rolla tried to drag her through the opening, but then occurred one of the most heart rending scenes imaginable. Pen cannot picture or tongue express the terrible suffering of those two sonssho were compelled to witness the burning of their beloved mother, being utterly powerless to render and assistance. Lum Daughtery and Mr. Bradley were the first to get to the fire, having ran through the storm to help the unfortunates. They were too late however, but succeeded by means of a rope in dragging all that was mortal of Mrs. Robinson from the burning ruins. Life was entirely extinct, her lower limbs being burned off below the knees. Apart from the irreparable loss of their mother, the Robinson boys lost all they possessed...made up a purse of 80 dollars with which to relieve their present needs. Mrs. Robinson was buried last Sunday near their old home, in a cemetery one mile north of Flynn.

Some claim that the storm was a strong alternate current of wind, while others say that two storms traveling in opposite directions met here. In our opinion, it was nothing short of a cyclone, as it picked up the Cushing Herald office off it's foundation, type presses and all slammed it real hard against the ground. Breaking all of our windows, bursting in our doors and playing us a Halloween trick not at all to our likening. Our damaga however is trivial. It tore off all the awning on the west half of the stone block, turned over numerous houses and out houses, barns, etc. The estimate damage to Cushing is 10,000 dollars. Sam Maple's old red barn was utterly destroyed. Fortunately it was empty, butin falling it caught a pony belonging to one of the Bliss boys, which was tied on the outside of the barn and killed it. Albert Parker's house was off its foundation and nearlt everything init broken, though none of the family was injured. It moved both the Methodist and Baptist churches and tore top off our windmill on Main Street. Some very queer experiences occurred during the storm. Mrs. Will LaForge, the painter's wife picked up her baby and started to the cave. They had just dug a new well and in her haste in the dark she missed her way and both herself and the baby fell into the well which was 15 feet deep and contained 8 feet of water. Will LaForge quickly came to her aid and both taken out without injury, save a sever duckling.


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