Cyclone Hits Southwest Nodaway, 1914

Scary weather news from the June 11, 1914 edition of the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

A Cyclone Hits Southwest Nodaway

Greatly Damaging Trees, Small Buildings — Storm Accompanied by Hail and Heavy Rain.

The worst cyclone that this part of the country has had in years struck this vicinity Saturday evening about 9 o’clock.  A dark green cloud coming from the southwest formed a junction about three miles southwest of Skidmore with a cloud from the south.  It then took a cyclone or twisting effect, traveling to the northeast crossing the river a mile north of town.

The storm was accompanied with a heavy rain and considerable hail.  The rain did not last more than three to five minutes, but came down in torrents, washing the corn land and lowed ground badly.  The hail in the path of the storm beat the corn into the ground and destroyed the wheat in many places.

The cyclone first made its appearance in the neighborhood of the R. G. Medsker place, three miles southwest of Skidmore.  Here it blew down large trees two feet in diameter in the grove around the house and tore up some twenty-five or thirty apple trees by the roots and did more or less damage to sheds, cribs and small buildings on the place.

The C. W. Barrett orchard north of the Medsker place was badly hit by the storm and the large barn was wrecked so badly that it will practically have to be rebuilt.

W. M. Howden’s big 80 acre orchard suffered greatly, some two hundred trees were torn up by the roots, others broken and split.  A small tenant house in the orchard was blown from the foundation and the north end torn out.

The J. F. Brown hay barn east of the house was blown away.  Mr. Brown had started to Skidmore and seeing the cloud, had taken shelter in this barn, but thinking it might not be a safe place in a cyclone left it.  He no sooner was out of the barn when it was picked up and carried away.  Mr. Brown was not hurt, but was badly tossed about in the storm.

The buildings and trees on the two farms owned by Roy Cottrell were more or less damaged.  The northwest corner of the large barn on the south place was completely torn away.  Cottonwood trees two and three feet in diameter in the barn lots were twisted off at the ground and sheds blown down.  The roof on the house on the north place was badly damaged and the orchard completely wrecked.

A large corrugated iron implement building on the R. I. Bilby place was unroofed and hog sheds and other buildings were blown away.

A number of small buildings were blown for C. W. Brown, W. J. Hitchcock, J. S. Mitchell, David Wright and in fact all who were in the path suffered more or less.

On the east side of the river the storm passed through the W. R. Linville place north of Skidmore blowing down hog sheds and corn cribs, one crib with some fifty bushels of corn was picked up and carried some distance, then scattered out all over the field.

Cribs and sheds were blown down on Tom and Ernest Montgomery’s places.  Ernest Montgomery had a corn crib to be blown down on his hogs, pinning them until he got help to remove the debris.

The hail did more damage to this neighborhood than the wind.  Tom Montgomery had about 30 acres of fine wheat literally beat into the ground.  A. Collins & Son had some 20 acres of wheat entirely ruined.  The heavy rain also washed and covered up corn badly.

The storm passed through the vicinity of Wilcox and Pickering and the hail in this track, although a narrow strip, did much damage to wheat.  It is thought corn will come out all right.

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