Clarion County, PA Tornado, May 1860
A MR. YOUNG, residing three, who was run over by a raft some time ago, was not able to move around much at the time, saw a barn or stable coming towards his house and threw himself on the bed. The windows of his house were blown in, and in a twinkle, his house and the bed on which he was were carried away, and he was left on a part of the floor that remained. Search was being made for his bureau, cupboard, trunk, &c., and not even a particle of any of them was found when our informant left the field of disaster. None of his family were injured.
MR. FERRYS, Blacksmith, was carried five or six rods, and had with him his child of two years of age. It was not hurt; he was slightly injured.
The following is a list of the killed: MRS. McFARLAND, DAVID BAUCHMAN, one of MR. HAIN'S children, and a child, name not known. MRS. McFARLAND was carried some distance by the storm.
The following is the list of those seriously injured, some of whom are not expected to live. Several not named in this list were injured, more or less, but we give the names of those requiring medical aid: Two of MR. IRVIN McFARLAND'S children, JOHN HESS, MRS. HESS and three children, one of MRS. HAIN'S children, JOHN SARVEY, JOHN SHICK, MRS. SCHANDELDECKER, D. D. BOVINGTON and four or five of his family, MATTHIAS LEIGHT, two strangers, DAVID HESS'S arm broken in two places, MRS. FERRY'S arm broken in two places and three of her children injured. MRS. HAIN'S ribs were broken, and one leg so badly crushed that the physicians had to amputate it, DR. STRAESSLY, of Ringgold was there getting shoes on his horses. His buggy was taken up and torn to pieces and the harness was stripped off his horses. His own boots were torn from his feet and his clothes from his body.
THE DESTROYER DESCRIBED.
Different persons in Mayville, seeing this moving destroyer from different positions, give different descriptions of its appearance. Some say that it was "a column of midnight darkness streaked with lightning," others - as a mass of smoke surrounding fire," and others say it was "like a whirlwind of fire."
Passing from Mayville across Red Bank Creek, it demolished PAUL GEARHART'S house and barn, the latter being consumed by fire. Before the storm reached the house MRS. G. had left it, and taking hold of some bushes not far distant, was uninjured. Passing on towards the northeast it destroyed the house, barn, and all of the other buildings belonging to ISAAC MOTTER, near Zion Church in Beaver township, this county. He and all of his family were badly injured.
There were nearly twenty-five buildings in the town of Mayville, all of which were destroyed. We have intelligence from along nearly fifty miles of the track, and all buildings, &c., were demolished by the storm.
DRS. MEECHLING, of Brookville, BROWN, of Troy, STEWART, of Greenville, Clarion county, and VANVALZAH, of Clarion, were present shortly after the disaster, rendering yeoman's service to them in distress. DR. HALL of Ringgold, come in the evening.
Hogs, dogs, poultry, and sheep were killed. Apple trees were lifted out of the ground and carried "root and branch." The gardens were entirely destroyed. The trees in that vicinity which were torn down present a peculiar sight. They fell from the outsides of the track with their tops towards the centre of the track. Two new wagons, just painted, were literally torn into mere particles.
From the region of McLAIN FERGUSON'S the storm passed crossing the Brookville and Indiana road between JOHN MONTGOMERY'S and ALEXANDER McKINSLEY'S.
HORSE KILLED AND MAN WOUNDED.
About six miles up the Sandy Lick from Brookville, a fearful storm passed on Wednesday about noon, prostrating trees, &c. The track of the storm was about one half a mile wide there. SAMUEL MONTGOMERY was working in a clearing near where JOSEPH E. HALL'S dam on Sandy Lock is, and was overtaken by the storm. He had his knee and hip joint either broken or put out of joint by the falling trees. The horse he was riding was killed, while another one escaped. This one is so hemmed in by the fallen timber, that he will have to be fed there several days before he can be got out.
It passed on, and crossed the pike at HENRY AMER'S, near Reynolds - took the roof off his house - went to DIETRICKS where it torn his buildings to fragments. At the country line, it did similar damage. MR. DIETRICK'S boy got a leg broken, and a man has head badly cut, and thus went the storm in its career of destruction sweeping all before it, away towards the northeast.
The Democratic Watchman Pennsylvania 1860-06-14