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Title: Judyville Struck By Violent Storm
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Buildings are Blown Down, Houses Unroofed, Trees Mowed Down, Telephone and Telegraph Poles Snapped Off Resulting in Great Damage to Property.

John F. Judy, Current & Davis and John M. Hopkins are Heavy Losers.

The Farmers in the Vicinity of Judyvill Also Suffered Considerable Damage by The Storm

The small but bustling village of Judyvile, twelve miles north west of Attica, was struck by a destructive wind storm between eight and nine o'clock Saturday nigth. A stretch of country for three or four miles to the southwest of Judyville also suffered considerable loss, but Judyville seemed to have been the mark on which it spent its greatest force. The wind came from the southwest and traveled at a rate of 50 miles an hour. Trees telegraph and telephone poles seemed but were pipe stems in its path. Houses and barns wre unroofed, wood sheds, corn bins and other small out buildings were blown to pieces or upset.

At Judyville the large two story brick store building owned by John F. Judy was completely unroofed and the east half of the front of the building and all the rear half of the second story were blown out. The first floorof the building was occupied by John M. Hopkins with a general stock of merchandise, and as a heavy down pour of rain accompanied the wind Mr. Hopkins' stock suffered greatly from the water and the falling plastering. Mr. Hopkins places his loss at about $300. He carried fire insurance but no wind storm protection, hence Mr. Hopkin's will have to stand his own loss.

The building was so badly damaged that Mr. Hopkin's moved his stock on Monday to the Charles Reinboldt room across the street where he will conduct business while the building is undergoing repairs. The second story of this building was used by Mr. Judy as a storage for buggies and carriages, with the exception of it which was partitioned off and used by Richard Miller for a barber shop and pool room The part occupied by Miller was all blown away, doing considerable damage to his toilet goods and pool table. There were eight or ten men in his place when the wind struck the building. The wind took out the skylight. This acted as a warning and the men managed to get down stairs in time to see the whole second story of that part of the building give way to the force of the hurricane.

Mr. Judy's stock of buggies were badly broken and scarred and damaged by the rain. Mr. Judy's loss on the building has been estimated at $2,500 and is fully covered by wind storm insurance, will amount to several hundred dollars.

M.M. Current and Frank S. Davis who owns the grain elevator at Judyville also came in for a heavy loss. The smoke stack was blown down, the roof of the engine house was blown off and the second and third stories of the elevator building were badly wrenched and twisted and lean to the east from 2 1/2 to 3 feet, all the machinery inthe elevator being thrown out of line. The damage to this building is difficult to compute and Mr. Davis, one of the owners, said he hadn't the least idea how much it would cost to put the elevator back into as much good condition as it was before the storm. He thought it would be at least three or four weeks before they would be able to take in any grain. They carried $2,500 wind storm insurance onthe elevator which will probably cover all their loss with the exception of that occasioned by the damage done to the smoke stack which companies do not insure.

Three stock cars which were standing on the switch at the stock pens were blown east along the switch for a distacne of a quarter of a mile when they struck the "derail" and went off into the ditch, going with sufficient force to bury the wheels in the ground up to the axles.

The ice house, a building about 30 square feet, which stood a short distance south of the brick store building, was blown completely down and the fragments scattered for a distance of 30 yards to the east.

A number of small buildings, such as wood houses, hen houses and other out buildings, besides those mentioned above, were blown over which completes the bulk of the damage to property in Judyville.

At Grant Rice's two miles southwest of Judyville two or three farm wagons were blown over and their beds broken up. A windmill was blown down on Herman Briggs' farm 3 miles south east of Judyville, a 40 foot windmill was twisted off and blown 15 or 20 feet, falling on the roof of the house crushing inthe roof and knocking the plastering from the ceiling of the dining room. Mr. Thorn also had tow or three corn wagons blown over and their beds smashed.

The chimney on Jack Davis's house just across the road from Mr. Davis also had some out buildings damaged. Telegraph and telephone poles were broken off and the lines were down, cutting off communication until temporary repairs were made the next day and on Monday.

Date: 11/16/1911
Origin: Fountain Warren Democrat
Record ID: 00001587
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Judyville
Entered By: Amber M Knipe

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