Springville, PA Tornado and Storms In Pennsylvania, July 1871



Our mails afford considerable information relative to the recent storm in Pennsylvania. It seems to have been destructive along the line of Dimock and Springville townships. A large barn on the farm of EZRA STRICKLAND, in Springville, was blown down, and both the house and barn of CHARLES GILES, of Dimock, were unroofed. Sweeping on eastward, the storm struck a barn of MR. WOOD, in Lathrop, lifted it from its foundation, and hurled it some distance. It next demolished two barns of G. TIFFANY, uprooted an orchard, destroyed half an acre of timber, changed the location of MR. CARPENTER'S barn, unroofed the store of E. M. TIFFANY & Co. at Hopbottom, tipped over L. KELLUM'S kitchen, and wound up by throwing a freight-car from the track. In Bridgewater township, it destroyed a small hay barn of the farm of R. S. MERRIMAN, and uprooted several apple trees.
On Sunday afternoon a tornado swept over a strip of territory about a hundred feet wide and three miles in length in the vicinity of Frackville, uprooting trees, leveling fences, grain fields and buildings to the ground in its course. Upon the farm of MR. SAMUEL HAUPT the principal damage was done. When first discovered a thick cloud of dust, extending far up in the air, came whirling toward the house and struck his barn, a structure forty by sixty feet, which it picked up like a feather and carried away, shivering it to fragments and bearing them away on its strong winds. Passing close in the rear of the house, several small out-buildings one of brick structure, were picked up and hurled to the ground in a grand mass of ruins. The house escaped with but little injury -- the loss of a back porch and a number of panes of glass, which were shaken out. A dog kennel was taken along with the rest -- the dog proving himself to be a first-class aeronaut by returning two hours after to the house of his master as safe and sound as any dog in the neighborhood. Fragments of the buildings were carried to a distance of two miles, and a lady who was picking berries in the woods about a mile away was greatly frightened, when a piece of the roof of the barn, about six feet square, came tearing down through the treetops, alighting upon the ground near her. The barn was considered one of the most substantial in the neighborhood, and was valued at $3,000. In it was stored a large quantity of hay and grain, which will add materially to the loss. MR. HAUPT'S horses were in the basement of the barn, and fortunately escaped injure. The route of the tornado was easily traced by the barrenness of the strip of territory over which it passed -- everything presenting a scorched and wilted appearance, and the ground in places being torn up to the depth of several inches.

The New York Times New York 1871-07-19