HAMMOND, Ind., Aug. 12óBy reports received here to-day it was learned that last night's storm did a great deal of damage throughout this county. At Whiting three dwelling houses were struck by lightning. At Schererville the Catholic church was struck and greatly damaged. The rain was accompanied by a hailstorm, which did much damage to the growing corn. It is estimated the damage in the county amounts to $30,000. [Indiana State Journal, 19 Aug 1896; - BZ - Sub by FoFG]
REPORT FOR 1907-1908
[Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Transcribed by K. Torp]
For the sake of variety, the report for this year is largely in diary form, and is, therefore, chronological.
- October 14. A frost in Crown Point that killed considerable vegetation. Mercury the 14th and 15th, 34 degrees.
- November 12. The first fall of snow. Wet.
- November 17. The mercury has been down to 18 degrees, and snow six or eight inches in depth has been on the ground, and yet a little dandelion showed its yellow petals from under the leaves to-day.
- The first ten days of February, snowy and icy, the walks covered with ice, many people falling, and at length the sidewalks were largely abandoned, pedestrians taking the middle of the streets.
- February 13. The snow has disappeared and the ice from the walks.
- It is reported in the Star that Dr. Hauk and Marshal Young crossed Cedar Lake to-day in an automobile, the first time, probably, that such a vehicle ever went over the ice on that lake.
- February 18 (1908). A snow storm commenced in the morning and continued all day and the following night, 19th. All blocked up with snow drifted heavily. Traffic impeded. Trains stopped.
- February 20, storm over. The heaviest snow fall for several years. The weather not cold.
- April 1, 1908. A weather note. March has been a quite mild and pleasant spring month. The Calumet and Kankakee waters have been much higher than usual. High water in rivers.
- April 16. Ice at Crown Point an eighth of an inch in thickness.
- April 20. Dandelions in blossom.
- April 22. Some peach blossoms open ; fruit trees loaded with buds.
- May 1. Many strawberries in blossom.
- May 9. Sunshine after five wet days.
- May 29. Quite a severe storm passed over the county last night. This has been a wet month.
- June 2. Some ripe strawberries.
- June 25. (1908) The Lowell Tribune of this date reports that John Dies, from one acre and a half of vines, has picked and marketed this season some over 300 cases of strawberries. [Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]
- (1908) The season that has now passed was good for strawberries and raspberries. Besides our large fruit raiser, Mr. Meeker, several families raise fruit for sale. One family, on South Main street, the Davis family, from a quite small patch, sold 1016 boxes of strawberries and hundreds of boxes of raspberries. Cherries and peaches were few, but there are some apples. [Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]
- Indian summer commenced September 13 (1908) and continued for some time, smoky, no wind, warm ; September 20, mercury up to about 94 degrees.
- October quite a mild, pleasant month. O. Dinwiddie reported apple blossoms in his orchard October 17. October 18, 76 degrees at noon; list, Indian summer; 22d, a robin seen; 31st, ice, 26 degrees.
- The weather. Some snow November 14 (1908). From 18th to 21st, Indian summer. A lone robin seen on the 18th. The day delightful. Doors open as in midsummer. About 50 degrees at sunset. A beautiful, strange bird seen on a lawn in Crown Point; color nearly like a blackbird, but a smaller bird; neck very glossy, same as a robin. Looked lonesome.
- January 6, 1909. The year has opened with cold weather, 8 degrees below zero this morning, and 4 below at noon.
- January 15 (1909) Ice harvest begun at Cedar Lake and lasted five days. Ice nine inches in thickness.
- According to the weather records, January of this year, 1909, has been generally mild and wet. One record is, "Saturday, 23d, warm, 62 degrees. Sunshine. Little birds bathing in a shallow pool of water as in midsummer. It was cheering to see a sparrow so free from care and enjoying." But the weather changed.
- January 30 (1909) . A severe snow storm. A southeast rain storm met over Lake county a northwest snow storm. Strong wind. Drifts. Trains delayed.
- In February, from 13th to 16th, (1909) quite a storm, called by the papers "very severe." Trees and wires loaded with ice some broken.
- April 9. (1909) Snow, showers and sunshine between the showers.
- April 29. (1909) A severe storm swept over our region.
- May 1. A promising, smiling May morning, but a snow cloud soon covered our sky; now and then the flakes poured down like winter, and all the promise of the morning disappeared, although dandelions had blossomed April 23.
- As Decoration Day, May 30 came on Sunday this year, some observed it on Saturday, as at Hebron, some on Sunday, and some, following the Governor's proclamation, observed the day on Monday.
- June 1 Bright, no wind, a burning burning sunshine.
- June 8. Some heavy rainfalls. The ground saturated.
- June 22. Strawberries of home growth abundant ; ten cents a box, three boxes for twenty-five cents.
- Crop Notes. Quite a change has taken place in raising wheat. As a crop it had been almost abandoned in the county, but this year it is estimated that the amount of wheat raised in the three southern townships is about 20,000 bushels, and 5,000 bushels of this amount was raised on the large marsh farm of John Brown. The hay and oats, for which Lake County has been noted, have been good crops this year, and corn and potatoes are now promising large yields. Lightning has caused more than usual destruction this year (1909), striking barns and burning hay.
- June 16th (1910) the mercury reached 90 degrees of heat and the night following was, so far, the hottest of the season. June 17th. The mercury to-day records 92 degrees. Good corn weather has come.
- Sunday, June 19th. Hot days and nights continued. At 9:30 Sunday morning mercury, marked 90 degrees. Bright sunshine. At 6 o'clock in the evening 86 degrees. June 21st, at noon, 94 degrees; June 22d, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, 96 degrees. A certain 1910 almanac says, under "Weatherprobs," for June 19, 20, 21, 22, "Cooler for a few days."