Village Hit by Windstorm

By dhowell - Posted on 02 January 2008

Thursday, June 12, 1902, is a day many in the village still remember. It was the hardest windstorm recorded in the town but there was no loss of life. At 5 p.m. the storm broke with raging wind and hail. Trees were uprooted. Small houses overturned and roofs were torn from buildings. Water stood an inch deep at Freeman House.

Most of the teams had been hurried away to the barns for safety but there were three carriages left. On Furnace Street, Will Haschle's barn was tipped over on his cow but men hurried to the scene and extricated the cow without serious mishap.

The private bridge on the Rehfuss farm was carried away, and on in Bridgewater the wind continued to destroy property but the path of the storm was not more than a block wide.

February 28, 1908. The transfer of the electric light plant to Lonier and Hoffer was made and the lights of the commercial circuit turned on Saturday. President Freeman gave the transaction his personal attention ... The well of Jack Maloney went dry and so did the one of his neighbor when the dam went out. They did the same several years before when a dam went out. It was quite evident that the water supply was obtained from the river.

March 12, 1908. Part of the dam at Schmid's factory site was swept away during the high water. Schmid borrowed a steam engine and began sawing logs in his yard. The thunder storm Thursday was severe and lightning set fire to the Dresselhouse mill at River Raisin, near Bridgewater. The saw mill, feed mill and cider mill burned to the ground.