Paxton, Holden, West Boyleston, MA Tornado Damage, June 1871

A TORNADO.

HOUSES, BARNS AND TREES PROSTRATED IN MASSACHUSETTS -- DESTRUCTION IN ITS PATH -- SEVERAL PERSONS INJURED.

Worcester, Mass., June 11. -- A sweeping tornado passed through the towns of Paxton, Holden and West Boyleston this afternoon at 4 1/2 o'clock, demolishing every building in its track and tearing up trees by the roots. The first account of it received here was of its appearance in the town of Paxton, where it demolished the barn of L. N. PARKHURST, and blew off one gable of his house. From there it went in a north-easterly direction and blew down the buildings of MR. BIGELOW, on the old town farm. From thence it went through the woods, sweeping all before it, and striking the house and barn of LEWIS MARTIN, in Holden, entirely demolishing both. The village of Holden was next in its destructive march, and here five barns, three houses and one carpenter shop were blown down. Three persons were injured, one, CHARLES BURRETT, seriously. A strip of heavy stone wall, some twenty rods long, was completely blown over, and large trees were blown thirty rods with upward of a ton of earth upon their toots. The tornado took but a moment for its work, and was accompanied by thunder, lightning and rain. The last head of it by any one here was near Oakdale, where trees were blown down.

The New York Times New York 1871-06-12