Grand Rapids, WI storm, 17 July 1880


Grand Rapids Correspondence of the Journal.

Friday was an extremely warm day. The storm came up at about 8:30 o'clock very suddenly. The new Episcopal Church in Centralia, was racked and damaged to the extent of one hundred and fifty dollars. The flouring mill of Coleman, Jackson & Co. was injured by part of the roof being taken off, it also taking the mill barn from its foundationand landing it in the tail-race a complete wreck. Whole loss about five hundred dollars. The old round house in Grand Rapids belonging to the G.B. and M. R.R., was about completely destroyed by the west end and the south side being blown in, and the roof blown entirely off. Loss about two thousand dollars, (a rough guess.) Besides a general unroofing of barns, sheds, etc., and a general demolishing of shade trees, constitutes the loss of the above damage. D.W.

The Stevens Point Journal, Stevens Point, WI 17 July, 1880

NOTE FROM TRANSCRIBER: The cities of Grand Rapids and Centralia merged to form the City of Wisconsin Rapids in the early 20th century.