Effect Of The Hail Storm

June 14, 1917

Survey of the Damage Done In This Section

Reaches over $100,000

Farmers Not To Be Disheartened, and Set to Work Cleaning Up What Remains — Will Put Ground In Shape to Paint Sweet Corn and Friends Asked to Help Prepare Land — Springfield Hospital to Loan Tractor

Milford Shipley —- $4,000
Lee Warfield —- $3,000
William Frazler —- $2,500
Samuel Bell —- $2,500
John Cauthorn —- $2,500
Frank Brandenburg —- $2,500
James Gaither —- $2,000
Jonothan Dorsey —- $2,000
Harry C. Dorsey —- $2,000
R. R. Bennett —- $2,000
Wade H. D. Warfield —- $1,500
Howard Warfield —- $1,500
Thomas A. Harrison —- $1,500
Beverly B. Bennett —- $1,500
Walter Hawkins —- $1,200
William Atkins —- $1,200
John T. Ridgely —- $1,000
James W. Thomas —- $1,000
C. E. Harmon —- $1,000
George Brown —- $1,000
Joseph Brown —- $1,000
Clarence Brown —- $1,000
Arthur Zepp —- $1,000
Basil Dorsey —- $1,000
Springfield Hospital —- $1,000
Robert Stansfield —- $1,000

A general survey of the damage done by the hail storm on last Wednesday shows that right here in this section of the County a loss of over $100,000 was the result. In the State the loss no doubt will exceed a million dollars. The damage was unbelievable and could only be realized by going over the area swept.

Around Gamber and Lewisburg, the storm completely cleaned the farmer out of everything in the way of crops that he owned, and not only that, caused thousands of dollars damages to dwellings and outbuildings — in some places wrecking buildings to such an extent that all that was good for nothing but kindling wood.

Just across the County line, in Howard County, the storm cleared everything in its path. It did not stop at crops, but ruined fruit trees, roads and buildings. Among those who suffered most were Lee Warfield, William Frazier, Oscar Streaker, George Arrington, S. S. Belt, James Gaither and Mr. Atkins. At Mr. Warfield’s farm his entire wheat and corn crop was a total loss. The wind overturned one barrack and reduced it to kindling and moved another six feet from its foundation. His home was wrecked to the extent of several hundred dollars — the window panes being smashed.

William Frazier also suffered considerably  and besides losing his entire crop, also had his farm blown over. Nearly every window in his home was broken. At the time the storm broke Mr. Frazier, his wife, and a friend were at supper. Before they had time to finish the meal the hail had broke every window in the dining room and it rained in a volley. The dishes they were eating from were broke in a winkling. Mr. Milford Shipley was also one of those suffering considerable loss, his entire crop being devastated.

Those who were hit were not to be disheartened, however, and immediately set about to clean up the wreckage left in the path of the storm. Many fortunately carried insurance.

On last Friday evening a meeting was held in the Lyceum by Senator Wade H. D. Warfield and members of the B. F. Shriver Company. A committee was appointed to wait on the farmers and report what assistance could be rendered. Mr. J. Brooke Mellor was made chairman of the committee, and issued an appeal for all farmers escaping the storm to assist those stricken, by furnishing help and teams to plow up the ground and put it in shape to plant sweet corn.

The B. F. Shriver Company agreed to contract for 1200 acres of sweet corn, furnish the seed and if the crop was a success, the farmer only need pay for the seed. The seed arrived in Sykesville the next day by express, fifteen to sixteen barrels being in a shipment.

Through the efforts of Mr. Mellor, the Springfield State Hospital also agreed to loan their new tractor, and it will be at the service of any farmer desiring to get his ground in shape.

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