Hail Storm at Skidmore, 1916

It sounds like the damage could have been worse, but nevertheless, let’s hope Nodaway County misses such storms in the present day.  Here’s the weather report from the May 25, 1916 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Hail Storm at Skidmore

A terrific storm visited Skidmore and the surrounding country Tuesday night about 11:15 o’clock.  Accompanied by heavy wind and hailstones the size of a pigeon’s egg, the storm coming at the time it did caused people to imagine the worst and many sought the safety of cyclone dugouts.

Wednesday morning’s light encouraged the people to hope the damage was not as great as expected.  The leaves were torn from trees, but the trees were not blown down or limbs broken to any serious extent.  Shrubbery was blown about and tangled, but the greatest damage in town was done to vegetables.  They were beaten down and dirt washed from around their roots.

In the county, bridges were washed out on Hickory creek west of town, and some bridges damaged east of town.  Nodaway river is out of bounds west and south, cutting off communication with districts in those directions.

On the railroad no trains have arrived from the north since Tuesday, the rails having been either washed from the bed or covered with dirt and debris to a depth that will have to be removed before trains can run.  The Florida, Sand and Bowman creeks are all out of bounds and Bowman creek has been the most trouble to the railroad, having washed out rails and ties for quite a distance.  The railroad expects to have trains running from the north today (Thursday), and we hope they may be right.

The reports as to the damage to the various crops from the neighborhood have been meagre, partly from the lack of communication and partly because those interested have been too busy to furnish an estimate.  It is hoped they may not be serious, though corn was badly beaten down and fears are expressed as to how much was washed out.