Gettysburg, PA Area Storm, May 1925

Wind and Rain-storm Follows In Wake of Hottest Day of Season; Trees Are Uprooted

Barn On Deatrick Farm North Of Town Is Demolished; Motorist Is Trapped By Fallen Trees; Adams County Escapes Severe Storm That Sweeps Over State.

A barn was partially demolished, a number of large trees throughout the county were uprooted and the temperature dropped 57 degrees over the week-end, in an exhibition of the most freakish weather Gettysburg and Adams county have experienced in many years. Crops generally escaped serious damage.

Sweltering Adams countains, Saturday; frozen Adams countians today, in brief, tells the story of the mixture of climate which was visited upon this section of Pennsylvania over the week-end.

Barn Demolished

The barn on the farm of Lawrence Deatrick, Harrisburg road, several miles north of town, was partly demolished by the rush of the wind. Before the barn, a wooden structure, fell the fence around the barnyard was blown away, and several head of cattle escaped the falling timbers, all of which fell in the yard where the cattle had been resting.

Several horses were imprisoned in their stalls in the barn, and held captive until Sunday morning when the debris was removed sufficient to permit their release. None of the horses was injured.

Mr. Deatrick could not be reached this morning, but his loss is expected to exceed $1,500.

While the wind was rushing across the county late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, trees were whipped from their roots and flung lengthwise on the ground and across roads in several places.

Has Narrow Escape

Ben Carter, colored, had a narrow escape from serious injury or worse while the storm was at its height. Driving toward Gettysburg on the Harrisburg road, Carter barely missed running his machine into a large oak tree which was blown directly in the path of his car. An instant or two later, another tree fell directly behind his machine.

Chester Bell, Hunterstown, and other motorists, driving on the Harrisburg road at the time, discovered Carter's plight, and assisted him in removing the large trees from the roadway.

Only a little rain fell during the night, but after the blow there came a decided change in temperature. From a temperature of 96 degrees Saturday afternoon, the thermometer fell slowly early Sunday morning and during last night had reached 39 degrees, the lowest temperature recorded by Colonel F. B. Cope's official thermometer.

20 Apple Trees Uprooted

According to reports from Tyson Brothers, orchardists, Flora Dale, twenty apple trees, all in a strip, were uprooted by the severe wind late Saturday night. Other orchardists in the county are said to have suffered damage.

Although there was a heavy rainfall in Gettysburg and throughout the county on Sunday afternoon, this section of the state missed the heavy precipitation of Sunday afternoon which visited other parts of this state and Maryland.

From Carlisle to Harrisburg, an unusually heavy rain storm was felt Sunday afternoon, while in Maryland, from Hagerstown to Baltimore, hail and snow were piled up to a depth of three feet in some of the streets. Much damage to crops, orchards and property was reported in Maryland.

The Gettysburg Times, Gettysburg, PA 23 May 1925