Delaware and Greene Counties NY, Destructive Tornado, Jan 1872



From Our Own Correspondent.
Deposit, N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 4, 1872.
A most destructive tornado is reported as having passed over a portion of this county, (Delaware,) and a large section of Greene County, on Saturday night and Sunday last. The greatest destruction followed the track of the storm in and about Windham, Green County. The gale had been so fierce all Saturday night that is was impossible for the people of the place to sleep, if they had had the courage.
On every hand could be heard the cracking and falling of trees and roofs of buildings, and scarcely any place was considered safe. The gale increased in violence toward morning. People were afraid to stir out, and never was such a night of terror experienced by them before. Early Sunday morning, the steeple of the Methodist Church in Windham fell to the earth, breaking off close to the roof. At the same time one end of the building was blown in. The Presbyterian Church was also greatly damaged -- a portion of its roof was, blown high in the air, and every blind upon the building was torn off. Barns, residences, outhouses and other buildings were unroofed or blown down.
Although the wind subsided toward evening, it was not until Tuesday that the damage in other places was known at Windham. It appears that the gale passed in a northerly direction from Windham. At Big Hollow, West Hollow, Huntersfield, Prattsville and Stamford, the destruction to property was great. At Big Hollow a building known at the "Old Fort," a venerable structure, now used by the Methodists as a church, was unroofed and greatly damaged. A saw-mill belonging to MR. S. W. REYNOLDS was blown down, and several cattle were killed. In the town of Ashland, JAMES CHRISTIAN'S barn and house were unroofed, and three head of valuable cattle killed. A large quantity of hay, straw and grain was destroyed or damaged. JAMES PLANK, near Red Falls, had a barn blown down and cattle killed. In Prattsville the out-houses of ENOS KREIGER were unroofed or blown down. The buildings of A. M. COLE, at Huntersfield, were blown to pieces or greatly damaged. A large stone building at Stamford was stripped of a tin roof sixth feet square, and the building was otherwise injured. Several houses were carried from their foundations, and many cattle were killed. In the entire course of the tornado, covering a wide area, no person is reported killed, although several were more or less injured by falling trees and buldings.
Heavy forests which lay in the path of the gale were swept down in places like grass. Maple trees two feet in thickness have been found completely broken off.

The New York Times New York 1872-01-06