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Considerable damage has been recently sustained in various parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio by storms. On Thursday the 12th instant, Abraham M. Neuman, Esq. of the borough of Butler, was returning from the residence of his father, 4 miles from town, in company with his wife, two children, and a Mr. M'Leary, when a tree was blown on the wagon, which instantly killed Mr. Neuman and injured Mrs. Neuman and one of the children so much that the child died and she became insensible the next morning. The other child and Mr. M'Leary were not seriously injured. On the same day, Mr. Andrew Sands was killed by a tree falling on him on the farm of Mr. William Irwin, about two miles from Beaver, Pa. Timber and fences were prostrated of course and several houses and barns, unroofed and otherwise injured. On the same day the west gable end of the Lutheran brick Meeting house in Lancaster, Ohio, was "entirely demolished," and broke some of the seats in the inside. So great was the violence of the wind, says the Eagle, "that the roof on the north side was entirely blown off, part of which was borne away to the distance of several hundred yards from the building," [Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, PA) April 27, 1827]

Great Flood
The interior of Ohio and Indiana were visited about the first of this month, by one of the greatest floods ever known in those parts.  Full details of its extent and of its ravages, have not yet reached us; but from the imperfect accounts received, the destruction of property must have been immense.  The Scioto river on which the flourishing cities of Columbus and Chillicothe are situated seems especially to have risen to an unprecedented height – carrying off bridges, mills, pork-houses, sheep and various articles of produce, including from one to three million bushels of Indian corn.  The National Road, west of Columbus, was likewise greatly injured; and about 1,000 miles of fencing are supposed to have been swept away.  Much damage has been also sustained on the Miami and White rivers; the Miami and Whitewater Canals have been seriously Injured; and many of the farms in the bottoms are nearly, or quite ruined.  No estimate of the total loss is, or can be given; but it must be great, beyond all former precedent in that section of the country, and perhaps equal to that sustained by the memorable flood in the Mississippi in the summer of 1844.  [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, January 22, 1847]

Blowing up of The America.
Amherst, Ohio
From The Gallipolis Journal, 1850
We are indebted to the Cleveland Plain Dealer for an extra, giving the following particulars of the disaster of the America:
By passengers on the Alabama which came in after our paper went to press last night, we learn the appalling particulars. The America left this port Tuesday, at 2 P. M., for Buffalo with a fair load of passengers, mostly cabin. When about 40 miles below Erie, and about 1 o'clock next morning, her 2d boiler from the starboard side burst, carrying completely away her fire, and letting out the whole volume of steam.
The explosion upset the boiler deck, throwing it with such force against the deck above as to raise it several feet, tumbling cabin and staterooms all together. The chimneys alone in that part of the boat were left standing; and even the breeching around them was taken away. The steam instantaneously enveloped the boat, filled the cabins and staterooms. So dense, pressing, and hot was it that passengers in the after cabin were severely scalded.
The Alabama discovered her lights and signals of distress about one hour after the accident had occurred. When she came along side there seemed to be one general rush of the America's passengers on board.---Those who went on board the illfated boat, described the scene as awful. Thirty or forty human beings in distress, some dead, some dying, and some in the most excrutiating agony; men, women and children; groaning, screaming and crying; some calling for water, help; sitting on the floor, rolling on the deck, women in disheveled hair and half dressed, roving about the boat and calling for their children, husband and friends. There was such consternation among the few who remained unhurt that but little was done to relieve the sufferers.
The Engineer of the Alabama went on board, and opened his oil cans upon them, which stilled the groans of many. Three died on the way back to Erie, and when the Alabama left her at 9 A. M., eight had died. How many more is to follow is yet to be known.
We are indebted to Mr. Nathan Derring, of South Bloomfield, O., who made it his business to converse with each with each sufferer, for the following names and residences:

Wm. H. Burnet, N. Y., not badly scalded, hands slightly;
Jeremiah Conner, his wife and five children, badly scalded;
McLaughlin, fireman, died in an hour, residence not known;
Henry Brown, waiter, a colored man, torn to pieces in the pitmen;
Wm. Lives, head cook, scalded badly;
Richard Retalie, Whitby, Canada, badly scalded;
Luther Kinney, Washington, M'Comb co, Michigan, badly;
Joseph Stancliff, Durham, Connecticfut, mortally, I think;
Jas. Chansellor, fireman, died in an hour;
Patrick Welch, fireman, must die, Buffalo;
Patrick Kenny, deck hand, badly scalded;
An old French woman, badly, shoe trader, New York;
Archibald Linsey, Steerage passenger, Michigan, badly;
J. F. Lator, Cincinnati, not badly;
D. G. Ramsey, Cincinnati, face and hands slightly scalded;
Patrick Howly, deck passenger, hands and face scalded;
D. E. Terry, Norwalk, O., head injured by a fall in search of a brother;
Wm. Terry missing, no doubt drowned;
Bridget Walsh, Buffalo, badly;
Jacob Downing, Albany, hand slightly;
Michal Hagerty, fireman, must die;
Charles Potter, greaser, missing;
Linnis Warren, deck passenger, badly;
James Murphy, deck hand, Irishman, badly;
Thos. Pursel, fireman, badly;
Colored man, a cook, name not recollected, face slightly scalded.
[The boat was in charge of the first mate, Mr. Shooks, Capt. Squier being detained in Cleveland. The owner, Mr. Phillips, was on board.]
[Source: Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, August 8, 1850 -- Transcribed by Kathy McDaniel]

Through freight train No. 41, from Cleveland, collided with the Fremont local freight at Norwalk, Huron County, on the 12th. The engines were badly damaged and several freight cars demolished. Damage from $5,000 to $10,000. No one injured. [Source: The Highland Weekly News, (Hillsborough, Highland County, Ohio), December 20, 1882, Transcribed by Jeanne Hall]


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