Oh, the Wind and the Rain

We’ve had very little of it here in the past few weeks, but the July 5, 1906 Skidmore New Era reported quite a rain storm:

Wind, Rain and Lightning
Considerable Damage Done by Wind And Lightning, But Rain That Accompanied it Will Greatly Benefit The Crops

Considerable damage to fruit and shade trees was done by the strong wind that accompanied the rain that fell last Friday evening.  Many fruit laden branches were blown from the trees and in some cases the trees themselves were blown down.  Some buildings near town were also damaged by the gale.  A portion of the roof of the barn on the Wesley Clark farm, where W. A. Strickler lives, was blown off, as was also a portion of the roof of a barn belonging to Jerry Albright, northeast of town.  Walter Iddings reports the west end of a stable blown in at his home south of town, and a hay shed on the A. F. Howden farm was demolished.  The Burlington Railway Co. also came in for a share of the damage as about seventy feet of the roof of the covered bridge just south of town was blown off.  There was much minor damage done, such the blowing in of window lights, the overturning of out-houses, chimneys and other things of like nature.

The electrical storm that accompanied the wind and rain added much to the damage done.  Mrs. R. A. Skidmore’s house on Maple Avenue, that is occupied by Meek Miller and family, was struck and damage to the amount of $100 on the house and about $25 on the contents was done.  The damage to the house was fully covered by insurance.  The bolt struck the south end of the roof at the comb and badly wrecked the south part of the house.  A bed stead that stood in the upstairs room was almost demolished and had the storm broke three or four later it is probable that Mr. and Mrs. Miller, who occupied the room, would have been in bed and would with doubt have been killed.  The bedding took fire but the flames were quickly extinguished.  The kitchen, just below the bedroom, looked as though a house wrecking crew had work well under way.  In this room much of the plastering was torn from the ceiling, lights and sash broken from the windows and dishes broken.  Mr. and Mrs. Miller and Guy McClain were in the house when it was struck and all more or less shocked.  Guy was sitting at the table at the time was knocked backward to the floor and Mrs. Miller who was in another room was knocked down but neither of them was injured.  The other members of the family were in the cave and thus escaped injury.  Mr. Miller and family are fortunate that they escaped with their lives.  The weatherboarding and studding on the south end of the house were badly splintered and the window in the upper story was torn from its place.

E. E. Gill, whose home is northeast of town, lost a good cow by lightning the same evening.

Roy Featherby, a man employed on the Bilby ranch northwest of town was killed by lightning under a cottonwood tree where he had taken shelter.  Particulars are not at hand.

This was by far the most severe wind and electric storm that has visited this section this year but the rain that accompanied it was thankfully received by all.  Some hail fell here but the size and quantity were insufficient to do any damage.  In other localities the hail fell in greater quantities but in all cases was so small as to do little damage.

Good rains also fell on Saturday and Sunday nights.  Vegetation is taking on new life and is growing nicely.

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