Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) September 98, 1824
(Contributed by Nancy Piper)
On the 4th of
July, 1823, there was but nine persons in the county of Washtenaw. On the
4th of July, 1824, the anniversary of American Independence was celebrated
at the lower settlement by 79 persons - at the upper settlement, about 50
attended. The increase of population, has been about as rapid as that of
Oakland during the first years after the settlement commenced.
Hot weather - Yesterday was the warmest day we
have had this season. The mercury in Fahrenheit's thermometer, in the shade,
stood at 96 at 7 in the forenoon - at 1, it rose to 100, and gradually fell
to 81, at 6 P.M.
Indians - Last week, a part of the Sacks of the
Mississippi visited us, as is their custom annually. Between 800 and 1000 of
the Chippewas, consisting of bands from various parts of the country, have
been in and about the town for a number of days.
Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, May 31, 1855 - (Contributed
by Kathy McDaniel)
The interior and northern portion of the State
were visited a week ago, yesterday by a singular and destructive tornado,
which devastated a tract of country about sixty rods in width, and extending
from the southerly limit of Jackson and the northerly limit of Washtenaw
counties, through Eaton county up into Lapeer county. It seemed
to be a wind-spout -- for we have to coin a word in the absence of one that
will suggest the nature of the tornado. It appeared to have the shape of a
funnel, with the smaller end down. The house and barn of Mr. Gordon on the
edge of Jackson county, were completely leveled with the ground, and also
those of John K. Youcum, of Lindon, whose family was severely injured, and
many of whose cattle were killed. The water of a small lake near Mr.
Youcum's house was thrown completely out of its bed, the residences of Mr.
Cowen and Washington Bemen were also destroyed.
In Eaton county,
the Charlotte Republican says, the house and barn of Mr. Gridley, of Kalamo,
were destroyed, and Mr. Gridley badly injured. One man was seen clinging
with his hands to a peach-tree, while his heels were up in the air. In one
locality a coat was seen high in the heavens, enjoying a sublime aerial
journey. In some places books are said to have come down from above. A large
saw-log, which four yoke of cattle could not draw, was tumbled around as
though it were a corn-cob.
In Lapeer county, we are informed by
Mr. Allen, lumber dealer in this city, that in the center of the town of
Marathon, about a mile west of McKinster's, it utterly demolished a log
school house, struck the dwelling of a Mrs. Luther, and leveled it to the
floor, and unroofed the house of a neighbor to which she had fled for
refuge. Her son, seeing the hurricane coming, caught hold of a large cherry
tree, six inches through, but the tree was twisted from the roots, and the
whole carried several rods. Mr. Luther had his arm broken in two places, and
was taken up insensible, in which condition he remained for twenty-four
hours. --- Mrs. Luther's feather-beds were found some three miles distant,
and the clothing lodged in trees along the tract of the tornado, a mile
distant from the house. Our informant had heard of its pursuing the same
devastating course for a distance of six miles. Stumps firmly set in the
ground were town out by the roots, and logs two feet through and twelve feet
long were carried thro' the air as though they were broomsticks. We shall
probably hear of further disasters from this most singular visitation. ---
Detroit Tribune, 23d.