Thursday, September 29, 2011

Storm hit hard near Ypsilanti

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Wednesday, September 27, 1911.

Considerable damage was done by the heavy rain and electrical storm which visited this vicinity between four and five o’clock this morning.

A barn containing between six and eight tons of hay on the Watson Barr farm at Stony Creek was struck by lightning and burned to the ground before sufficient help could be secured to quench the flames. There is a possibility that some of the cattle may have been killed as not all have been located since the storm. Some harness and farm tools were also destroyed.

A shed on the farm of Frank Begole, who resides about three miles west of the city on the Saline road, was struck at the same time and was burned. A hog pen near by was also struck and a peculiar feature of the affair was that he pen where the hogs were was strewn in splinters but not an animal was injured. The shed which was burned was filled with straw and it was only the prompt assistance of the kind neighbors and friends that saved the adjoining barns. Not only the men but the women joined in the bucket brigade and saved the other property.

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