Jesse McCotter/Geo McCotter

Jesse McCotter/Geo McCotter - our two Ke-ports : B, B ornament- - DlSASTBOCS,...
our two Ke-ports : B, B ornament- - DlSASTBOCS, ToBNADQ IN PlTT. COUNT!. We learn from Messrs. E. S. Lauebinghouse and Samuel Quinnerly of Johnson's Mills, Pitt county, that on last Saturday, nieht. that section of the county was visited by the most violent, terrific and destructive tornado and hailstorm ever witnessed by even the oldest inhabitants now living in that vicinity, and that miles of fine. ff.rtil farms were entirely stripped of their fences and growing crops, dwellings and outhouses unroofed and demolished, shade and fruit trees uprooted, and considerable loss sustained by the destruction of live stock. Our informants state that a 'drizzling rain, accompanied by thunder and ; lightning, sot in about dark on the night of the storm and continued at intervals until after the inhab itants had retired, whan, at about half past 11 o'clock, immense hailstones some measuring five inches in diameter j commenced falling, and then at a point jnstjbelow Fountain Hill and about three miles east of Scuf-fleton, the tornado made its appearance, sweeping a track one and a half miles wide, in an easterly direction, for a distance of fifteen miles, during a period of about ten minutes. - , - ' . The full force of the 8torru first struck the farm of Mr. Horace Ives; about three miles from its starting point, destroying his entire crop of corn, cotton and vegetables and carrying away the fences and all the roof s of his outhouses;' thence to. the ., and other live stock could not be estimated farm of Mr. Jacob McCotter?,'destroying his whole crop and demolishing the outbuildings and fences, then through the farms of Messrs. Geo. McCotter, C M. A. Griffin and James Hunrahan which , suffered in a like manner; in passing j&ver Mr. James. Brooks' farm, no buildings were injured, but about one half the crop and fences were swept away, while the adjoining farm of Mr. J. L." Tucker suffereii in tha loss of several outhouses besides fences and crop. ITpon reaching the faro of Mr. Stephen S. Quinnerly nearly his entire crop of cotton,. corn, oats and other small grains was de stroyed, including fine fruit trees and beautiful grove; his loss in buildings in cludes one large barn, twelve horse stables, a gin house, and ft new dwelling house,' all demolished, while the roofs were carried off from another largo barn,i and dwslling house. Among- the live stock killed on this farm, was a large sow which was lifted up and blown toa distant field. The tornado also played srfd havoc on the farm of Samuel Smith, as, of the 1 "0 acres of fine cotton growing on his farm, not a hill was left to indicate that the ground had even been till ed.H The farm of Mr. Spencer Brooks, also sultered a total loss of crop, inclu a new of growing wheat that Irid fair for a yield of COO bushelsThe farms of. Me srs. Edward and AHen Johnson were likewise strippedarld considerable damage done to their-buildings; a large 6hade tree was unr-aSted oh the premises of the former dashed against the dwelling, carrying away a portion of the side and falling into the parlor, while sills from the stable measuring thirty feet long and twelve inches square, were raised and carried a distance of thirty feet. The adjoining farm of Mrs. Argent Patrick was the next laid waste; all of her crop, including corn, cotton, wheat and other small grains were totally destroyed, and two large oaks were uprooted and thrown on and across her dwelling, while all of her outbuildings but three were laid in ruins. On the farm of Mr. J. E. Spear, the tops of all the outhouses were carried away, the large chimney of his dwelling knocked down, and a corner of the structure demolished, while out of over forty mammoth shade trees, but two were left standing; his crop,, iacluding fine fields of wheat, rye, corn and cotton, was almost erhirely destroyed. Next in its pathway came tho farm of Mr. Edgar Miller, who lost his entire crop, besides considerable damage was done to his gin house and dwel ling; around the latter sixty large, fine oaks were uprooted, and felled to the ground. The adjoining farm of Mr. James Murphy sittr&ted about ten miles east from the farm first mentioned above, was about the last to suffer so disastrously through the fury of this destructive visitor, though for a further distance of two miles the farms were damaged to some extent. Mr. Murphy's crop were nearly all destroyed and considerable damage was done to his buildings. The windows of Mr. B. H. Smith's coach shop were entirely broken up, and some in jury done to two or more buggies on thei premises. 1 . Mr. Charles Gatskins while sleeping in the upper story of a house, was driven out by the : falling -of the enormous hailstones through the shingles of the roof. A tenement house on the farm of Mr. Quinnerly, and occupied, by one of the bands, was carried away in pieces, and the occupant hanging to one of the floor, joists was borne several rods in the air, but fortunately escaped without great injury. A negro employed on. the place of Samuel Quinnerly, was slightly injured in some way unknown even to himself. The extent of j the loss in poultry, hogs It of ley of its ing the till an the in ed ed, of as

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  1. The Newbernian,
  2. 01 Jun 1878, Sat,
  3. Page 3

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