Rome, Watertown, Ogdensburg NY Storm, Sept 1895


New York Visited by High Winds and Rain.

The Cyclone Strikes an Excursion Boat at Its Wharf---A Depot Collapses and Two Men are Killed.

WATERTOWN, N. Y., Sept. 12---A terrific thunder storm visited this section last night. Wires are down in all directions and communication was cut off for hours except of one telegraph wire. The storm was of such force as to actually away the passenger cars on the Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburg railroad near Rockland. The lightning flashes were accompanied by a deluge of rain. A number of farm houses in the vicinity have been struck by lightning and burned. The roads were washed out in places and fallen trees blocked the highway in many parts of the country. It was the most severe storm in years, although lasting only about one hour. The cyclone struck the village of Cape Vincent just as a large excursion party en route homeward from the Jefferson county fair at Watertown were about to take the boat for Kingston, Canada. The Rome Watertown and Ogdensburg depot collapsed. George Godfrey and Thomas Arnold, of Cape Vincent, received injuries from which they died. A large number of persons were injured, several of which it was feared will die.

The Fort Wayne Sentinel, Fort Wayne, IN 12 Sept 1895