NEWS ARTICLES
Washtenaw County MI

Republican Compiler ( Gettysburg , Pennsylvania ) September 8, 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 in this county, has been about as rapid as that of Oakland during the two 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 party 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 Linden, whose family were 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 countywe 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 torn 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.