FORMER JEFFERSON COUNTY MANY DIES AT ELGIN
Van WYRICK, Engineer at the State Hospital, Instantly killed in a tornado
Wife in critical condition as result of injuries and their baby blown throug
a window of thei home, but only light injury
Mrs. Tillman SHIRLEY, residing on Lamar Ave. in Mt. Vernon
has recieved world that her son-in-law Van WYRICK was killed
instantly in the cyclone which struck Elgin, Ill Sunday afternoon.
Her daughter, Mrs. Van WYRICK, the former Miss Goldie SHIRLEY,
seriously injured and was unconsonscious at the time of this message
was sent to her mother in Mt. Vernon
Mrs. SHIRLEY had gone to Elgin to be at the bedside of her daughter.
The four month old baby of Mr. and Mrs. WYRICK'S was blown through
a window when the house in which they lived was destroyed by the
cyclone but according to press dispatchers and the word drcieved
by the Grandmother here, that the children escaped without serious
injury, but was badly bruised.
Van WYRICK was the Engineer at the State Hospital in Elgin,
a former resident of the souther part of the county, it is reported
by relatives here.
He and Miss SHIRLEY were married about five years ago He
entered the Military and was injured in the war and one his
returned he went to Elgin where he was head Engineer at the Elgin
Mrs. SHIRLEY, when left for Elgin stated that probably the body of
Mr. WYRICK would be brought back to the county for burial in Black
Oak Ridge Cemetery.
She also plans to bring her daughter to Mt. Venon is her condition
is such, that she can be moved.
Press dispatches from Elgin says that Mrs. WYRICK was unconsious
when they took her from the debrise and is expected to die.
Mr. WYRICK is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles WYRICK of Moore's
The father left today for Elgin. He was about thirty years of age and all his
early life was spent in the county.
From the Online Illinois Death Index
WYRICK, VAN GILBERT
M/W Age UNK
Death date: 1920-03-28
File Date: 20-03-30
Source: Mount Vernon Paper