Wind Storm, 1909

Weather news from the April 15, 1909 edition of the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

The High Windstorm Damaged Much Property.

Sheds, Small and Light Buildings Torn Down, Many Chimneys Blown off and Considerable Damage to Roofs and Yard Trees.

The high wind Sunday and Sunday night did considerable damage to small and light buildings in this neighborhood.  It blew a gale all day Sunday but reached its highest fury about ten or eleven o’clock Sunday night. Many who were going home from church found it difficult to stand against it.  G. Mark Brown’s carriage was overturned while returning from church.  When they had got as far as G. W. Collins’, it became so dark that when Mr. Brown stopped and went into Mr. Collins’ to borrow a lantern, leaving Mrs. Brown, her daughter Lola and two of the smaller children with the horses and carriage, and while he was gone a great gust of wind blew over the carriage, frightening the horses somewhat and they drug the carriage quite a distance turned over on the side.  Miss Lola received a blow which rendered her unconscious for some time, but Mrs. Brown and the two smaller children managed, somehow, to get out of the tangle with only slight bruises, in fact did not think at the time they were hurt at all.  Miss Lola soon recovered from her shock and will be all right in a very short time.  The horses pulled into the side of the fence and stopped after going some little distance.

The storm was unusually severe west of town and a large new shed was blown down at Reuben Barrett’s place, corn cribs, the roofs of both house and barn were damaged and yard fences and trees were blown down.

Capt. John Grigsby’s large hay barn was blown down and other damages about the farm.

John G. Hays’ barn was unroofed and other wise wrecked.

Wood shed and small buildings blown down at Clyde Barrett’s.

John Barrett’s large barn was quite severely damaged.

The chimneys to Frank Murray’s residence was blown off, the small buildings upset and badly damaged, the barn roof partly blown away.

At W. F. Jenkins’ the porch was blown entirely away, one of his horses was slightly crippled by becoming tangled in the wire fence and other small damages.

Most all farm buildings, especially light and empty ones were more or less damaged.

The wind was only a straight one but an unusually hard one.

From the April 22, 1909 Skidmore New Era, page 4:

James Hepburn, a prominent farmer of Independence township and President of the Nodaway County Farmers Mutual Fire Ins. Co. and Judge William Woods of Burlington Junction were in the city Tuesday.  They came here in the interest of their company to adjust the losses by the wind storm Sunday night.  They settled with Captain John Grigsby, allowing $1000 as follows, $600 on hay barn, $25 on horse barn, $100 on house, and $275 on hay and implements.  Rev. Reuben Barrett was allowed $25 damages to property.

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