Corsicana, TX, area storm, May 1909

Severe Near Corsicana.


Corsicana, Tex., May 21. - Two rains visited Corsicana last night, the first coming up a little after 10 o'clock and the other at 2 a. m. According to the Government gauge 1.10 inches fell during the night, the precipitation of Tuesday beinbeing [sic] .82, making a total of nearly two inches for the week. Last night's rain visted the entire country and was gladly received. It not only put a good season in the ground, but provided stock water by filling tanks, which were running low. Falling cisterns were also replentished. Considerable lightning and wind came with the first rain, and this, too, was general. Small damage was done, however, in town, where shade trees suffered and light houses were moved off their blocks in several instances. At the Odd Fellows' Home several window panes were blown out and the girls' dormitory flooded with water. The damage is placed at about $25 to the windows. The building in town lost two large windows, which were blown out while the lodge was in session and in the midst of an initiation. Lightning struck the Collin street school building, doing slight damage. Mr. Aaron Ferguson, who has lived here for nearly forty years, says this was the hardest wind within his memory. In the country the principal damage by wind was as follows: Whites Chapel schoolhouse blown from its foundatin and badly damaged. The Christian Church at Bazette was considerably damaged, and several small windows suffered more or less damage, that of George McFadden suffering most. The two-story schoolhouse at Chatfield was blown from its blocks, outhouses in that section also suffering a similar fate. The Baptist and Methodist Churches at Roane were damaged. At Powell the gin of Odie Burke was blown down, and C. L. Witherspoon, Peck & Thompsand and others had oil derricks blown down. The Methodist Church at Pleasant Grove and Harrison Chapel were badly damaged, as was the schoolhouse at Mildred. The telephone companies experienced considerabel [sic] inconvenience both from lightning in town and trees falling across their long distance wires.

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 22 May 1909