The Athens Messenger, August 6, 1863

  • Struck by lightning - A barn belonging to Mr. Samuel Cuckler, about three miles south-west of this place, was struck by lightning, on last Saturday night, and entirely consumed. The hay, harness, etc. belonging to Mr. Pierce, were destroyed.
  • A sycamore in front of Rev. Pratt's residence was struck on Monday p.m. but no one was hurt, though several children were playing near it at the time. No rain fell at the time, but we had a heavy shower in the evening.
  • Two men near Chauncey, we learn, were stunned by an electric shock on Tuesday, and one the day before, by a stroke that knocked down his oxen. - Niether was fatal.

The Athens Messenger, April 8, 1875

  • --A well known farmer tells us that throughout Athens county, as elsewhere, there has been a heavy loss of potatoes from freezing, that had been burried several feet below the surace.
  • --The agreeable mildness and continued freedom from rain-producing clouds that characterized last Sunday, served to falsify the old saw that makes rain on Easter presage six consecutive rainy Sundays. It is hoped that the five Sundays next occurring may each attest the inaccuracy of the old "sign" question, which no doubt has, in this instance, proven as unreliable as the generality of weather signs if the result were strictly noted.
  • Pleasanton and Vicinity:-No Dick, not so badly "winter killed" as we expected to be. We are only waiting for the mud to dry up, so we can have something new to "sling our quill on". Garden making did commence, but to-day's snow storm will set it back a day or two.

The Athens Messenger, Thursday, March 23, 1876

  • Sunday creek is on a "high" again and most of the time during the past week the ford on the Amesville road near Millfield could not be forded. We must have a bridge for it is decidedly too cold to swim.
  • To-day (Tuesday) the snow is nine inches deep at Albany and still snowing. Peaches were winter killed here. Fears are entertained that other fruit is greatly injured.

The Athens Messenger, Thursday Morning, February 15, 1883, pg 5

  • --Though dwellers throughout the Hocking Valley have cause to feel grateful that the effects of the raging waters did not reach them as disastrously as they did the inhabitants of less favored portions of the state, they were yet in no little degree sufferers from this cause, much damage being done to fences and outbuildings all through the Valley while whole fields of wheat in the low lands have been washed out and destroyed.
  • --Frank Mann felicitates himself that in the event of an extraordinary use of the Hocking, his domicil is located so high aloft that the waters couldn't reach him. Frank's whole life seems to have mainly devoted to avoiding water.
  • Carbondale:-Numerous land slides in this vicinity as a result of the recent wet weather, some are of prodigious size embracing in their erea acres of our best pasture lands.

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