THE LEAD BELT NEWS, Flat River, St. Francois Co. MO, Fri. May 24, 1957
ELI R. PRATT TORNADO VICTIM, FUNERAL SATURDAY
Francis Alfred Pratt [sic], son of Eli R. Pratt [sic], was born in Washington County, August 19, 1912, and died as a result of the tornado, May 21, 1957, at the age of 44 years 9 months 2 days.
The body is in state at the home of his brother, Wilford Pratt, Desloge, until Saturday, when funeral services will be held at the Immaculate Conception Church at 9:00 a.m. with the Rev. Gottwald officiating. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery, St. Francois. C.Z. Boyer & Son Service.
He leaves to mourn his passing his father, Eli R. Pratt, a brother, Wilford Pratt; two sisters, Mrs. John Raymo and Mrs. Raymond Pratt; a niece, Mrs. Harold Whaley, other relatives and friends.