Middlesex County, MA Frightful Tornado. Aug 1857


A tornado, similar in character to that which visited Medford a few years since, ravaged a portion of the towns of Tewksbury and Wilmington on Friday afternoon. Much damage was done by tearing up trees, demolishing buildings and fences, and prostrating fields of grain. It occurred at 5 1/4 o'clock. When first observed, the tornado was whirring along over Round Pond, in Tewkesbury, and gathered strength as it went through the valley, roaring like a train of cars in motion. The orchards of MR. JAQUES and MR. KITTREDGE, OLIVER CARTER and MR. LIVINGSTON, were either entirely torn up or seriously injured. Near the house of CALEB LIVINGSTON about an acre of pines were completely leveled to the earth, entirely torn to pieces. The fences and corn fields of MR. SAMUEL THOMPSON were then demolished. In passing the house of MR. CLARK a tree, near the house was torn up, the L of the house, a portion of the roof of the main house, and the barn, were carried away.
Crossing the Shawsheen River, the tornado passed between the house and barn of MR. BENJAMIN BUST, and tore down the shed and unroofed a portion of the barn. An ox-wagon, nearly new, was torn to pieces. One wheel was found with every spoke taken out of it as clean as though done by a workman. Considerable hay that was piled up ready for getting into the barn, was swept off.
A fisherman, from Lynn, with his horse and wagon, got under a tree for shelter, near the farm of MR. MOBRY, when the wind raised both horse and wagon, breaking the latter, and throwing the horse into a ditch. The fisherman was thrown across the road, and the tree, beneath which he had stood, was thrown upon him, injuring him severely. One large tree was borne into the air a distance of 80 feet, and some of the fragments of the broken property were found nearly a mile away. The tornado is said to have ended its career by cutting a path through some woods in Wilmington. -- Boston Journal.

The New York Times New York 1857-08-29