The 1913 McKinney Store Collapse
January 27, 1913, marks a tragic day in Collin County history. Eight people were killed when the Odd Fellows building collapsed without warning. Leslie Bush, son of Allen pioneers William Martin Bush and Nancy Gholson Elkin Bush, was among the deceased.
Carol O’Keefe Wilson will discuss her new book “The 1913 McKinney Store Collapse" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Allen Public Library.
On the fateful and cold day, the Cheeves Brothers store was holding a ladies’ white-goods sale and thus, more customers than normal were probably in the building. While shoppers and clerks were enjoying the warmth of being inside, suddenly that and The T. J. Tingle Implement Company, which sold farm implements and surreys collapsed. The grinding sound of falling debris resonated throughout McKinney. Observers across the street at the courthouse watched in horror. Volunteers came from all over the county and worked into the night to look for survivors and uncover bodies.
Residing near Allen, Leslie Bush was a respected businessman and stockman. Arriving in Texas by horseback with his parents when he was eight years old, he married Lula Jane Franklin and was the father of six children. The Bush family name adorns the stain glass windows at the historic Allen Christian Church in Allen Heritage Village.
Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the program is free. The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.