From the April 27, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 1:
A heavy rainstorm passed over this section yesterday evening. It struck here about 6:30 o’clock and although the rain fell only a few minutes, an immense quantity of water deluged everything. There was some hail too. At Union Valley just southeast of town, hailstones covered the earth, and Mr. James Parshall says there were bushels of hailstones at his place this morning, some as large as marbles. His prospects for a strawberry crop, this season, were literally riddled and pounded into the earth.
More on the storm from the May 4, 1900 Standard, also page 1:
After the forms were on the press, last Friday, we learned that our notice of the hail storm which occurred the previous evening did not begin to do justice to the storm. All early fruit prospects were killed in the storm’s path which was, fortunately, not very wide. Henry Miller reported that the hail was knee deep on the level at his place after the storm and that in low places where carried by water, it was much deeper. There was hail on the ground yet the next day at noon. Others from the vicinity verified Mr. Miller’s statement.
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