A Big Rain

From the Skidmore Standard, Friday, June 7, 1901:

The drouth which had been prevailing here for about three weeks, was broken last Monday night by a big rain which was accompanied by a strong wind.  This storm was followed by another rain and electric storm Tuesday evening.  There was some hail but was too scattering to do any damage.

Section foreman Kretlow and his men went over their section to see if there had been any washout.  They returned and reported no damage done and thought they would be able to spend the rest of the night in peaceful slumbers but received a telegram to go to Maitland and help that crew put in a culvert that had been washed out near that town.  Mr. Kretlow says there was more water fell Tuesday night than at any other one time during his three years’ stay in our city.

There was a big display of electricity all during the storm, but up until the time of going to press we have heard of no damage being done by lightning.  The damage done to crops east of town is very great.  Almost all the small culverts and some of the county bridges were washed out or left in a condition that makes it impossible to cross them.  The large bridge across Elk Horn creek near C. L. Phipps’ farm was washed away and another smaller one near there was also taken out.  Two large bridges near Nealeigh Young’s farm were entirely swept away.

On the road between here and Maitland the large bridge between the Shull and DeBord farms was destroyed and all the smaller ones along the bottom just north of Maitland were taken out.

Joseph Logan was in Maryville Tuesday and started home after the storm but got only as far as Charles Albright’s as a bridge was washed out just this side of there.  In attempting to go around the bridge the next morning the team became mired in the mud and got entangled in the harness.  One of the horses got down and Mr. Logan had to secure help to get it out.  The buggy was completely broken to pieces, one wheel having every spoke broken out.

A. C. Wood tells us that there was quite a bit of hail fell in Florida Park and that all gardens there were entirely ruined.

Mail carrier Deffenbaugh was not able to complete his trip Wednesday owing to a large culvert being washed out near the Alex. Baily farm.

A. F. Hitchcock and Martin Bagby were wise and remained in Maryville overnight.  They drove home Wednesday afternoon.

Squire Miller reports that all the peaches and apples and all gardens in Union Valley were almost entirely destroyed.

Wm. Dyson was in our office Wednesday evening and reported that W. F. Cox had 16 pigs drowned.  Henry Roulette had 600 posts washed away and that all the bridges on the larger streams in that neighborhood were taken out.  He said it hailed there some but not enough to do any damage.

The storm was very heavy at Mound City.  Damage to the extent of $10,000 or $12,000 was done.  The Davis Creek was out of its banks and 18 inches higher than ever before.  Everything south of Morris’ Opera House, including livery stables, outhouses and gardens was laid waste.  Just west of town 250 yards of the Burlington’s track were washed away and trains did not get through until noon Wednesday.  The damage to crops in that vicinity was very heavy.

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