Victims of the 1927 Tornado in Southeastern Missouri

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The tornado outbreak of May 1927

Between May 7, 1927 and May 9, 1927, a series of strong tornadoes broke out across the Midwest and the South. At least two hundred and seventeen people were killed in the tornados. F4 damage occurred in rural Arkansas, before devastating the larger town of Poplar Bluff.

It only took three minutes for the tornado to pass through the town, killing 83 people, twenty-one of which were at the Melbourne Hotel. Thirty-one square blocks were completely obliterated. The tornado made its way from the North side of Imboden, Arkanas to North West Poplar Bluff, Missouri.


The Victims

This is a list of the victims of the tornado that hit SEMO (Southeast Missouri) in May of 1927.

Adam Sherman Groshart, age 23

Airy Johnson, age 44

Albert Kaich Jr., age 6

Albert Kaich Sr., age 42

Alvin T. McDaniel, age 51

Aline Dalton, age 15

Alta (Warren) Vincent, age 46

Archie H. Kinnel, age 36

Arthur Greenwall age 26

August G. Seypholtowsky, age 61

Betty (Smith) Robinson

Bert A. Sheffield

Bryan Arthur Bilkey

Clarence Hastings

Claude B. Gregory

Clifford Allen Sheffield

Conrad Lee Berry

Cora (Williams) Hill

Crit McCollum

Dollie Vincent, age 9

Edward Brown

Edward M. Mengel

Dr. Ed Shaw

Ed Tonlison

Eli M. Cravens

Ethel Overfield

Ethel Wooldridge

Everett J. Sheffield

Frances Casey Dalton, age 39

Frank E. Starkey

Franklin E. Lundry

Grace (Shupe) Brown

George B. Mclellan

George C. Souders

H. W. Barnett

Harry Atkins

Harry Dalton, age 5

Harry Rexford, age 12

Henry Hendrix

Herbert Mackey

Hinda Belle (Whitworth) Lade, age 57

Howard Clay Bilkey

Houston Wilkison

Hunter Brown

Ida Opal (Burgin) Shirrel

Ida Scott

James Anderson Gray

James Henry Robertson

John Lee Davis

John R. Crane

John Wesley Huson

John William Hargrove

John W. McCollum

Kenneth Groshart, age 23

Laura May Overfield

Lee Jonas, age 27

Leigh Groshart

Letha B. Brown

Lloyd Burgess

Lois L. Brown

Loren E. Gatewood

Louise Alexander Ogle

Mae (Emerson) Smith

Mary E. (Beck) Scofield

Mary Jane (Pollard) Woodruff

Milton Moore, age 47

Ona Strain

Pat Barnett

Paul Adam Moore

Pearl Victoria Brown

Pearl W. Mangold

Phillip Detter

Proctor Orson Cook, age 33

Sadie (St. Clair) Berry

Sarah Emilee (Comer) Wisdom

Sarah Frances Hudson

Thomas Stone Bilkey

Troy Dunn

Unidentified White Male 1

Unidentified White Male 2

W. Weldon Brown

Walter T. Hawkins

William Louis Terry

William O'Boyt

Wilma Esther Christian

Zelma E. Brown




List of the Deceased


Souder's Death Location


The goal of this project is to have a space to organize and remember the victims of the tornado that hit Poplar Bluff, Missouri in May of 1927.

Right now this project just has one member, me. I am Jourdi Cleghorn.

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  • Research victims of the tornado
  • Organize their names on the page
  • Collect accurate sources for the victims

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks!


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Hi! Great work. FYI paragraph 2 says 1929 twice, instead of 1927.
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