Old Newspaper Collections Project

By Clayton, Deb, & Holice

Jackson County Tornado, 1872


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Detroit Daily Press, 1872


Jackson County--A Tornado--A Stray Team--Patent Rights Swindle--other Criminal items--Accidental Hanging.

Jackson, July 20

Jackson county is never behind the times in the way of extraordinary occurrences, and by way of being in the fashion the township of Waterloo was visited on Sunday last by a tornado, which a great deal of damage to growing crops and buildings. Mr. D. L. Ball is the heaviest sufferer, having had destroyed about 180 bushels of wheat, and two large fields of corn. Messrs. Daniel Lautis an Levi Lules also lost heavily by the tornado, which was accompanied by rain and very large hailstones.

Yesterday morning sheriff Shaw found a horse and buggy wandering around the streets and "took 'em in," after a fashion he has. The owner is wanted to prove property, etc. The supposition is that they were stolen, driven to this point, and then abandoned by the thieves.

The city authorities of Flint interviewed our water works and the officers of the same yesterday, with a view of inaugurating a similar system of water supply to their city.

Mr. Frank Fisk, of Grass Lake, is another victim of the patent right swindle. He has had Messrs. Quigley & Burroughs, the alleged swindlers, arrested on a charge of false pretenses.

Mark and Wm. Simmons, of Grass Lake, were arrested yesterday on a charge of selling diseased meat to Dettman & Weber, of this city. The offense was committed in May. They were admitted to bail by Justice Sammons.

Last night a burglar was discovered trying to effect a entrance into Gregg's bakery, but becoming alarmed he "lit out" before the arrival of policemen.

The number of "drunk and disorderly" arrests made by one policeman is large enough to satisfy any town of 25.000 inhabitants. Jackson is now a poor place to get drunk it.

Yesterday a son of Seneca Stevens, who is a resident of Sandstone, in this country, was accidentally hung in his father's barn. He was playing with a halter, which was fastened to a beam over the floor, and it appears that his head slipped into the halter in such a way that he could not extricate himself, and no help being near he strangled to death. His age was 11 years.

Kalamazoo--European Travelers--Old Settlers, Picnic--church Dedication.

Kalamazoo, July 20

The wheat harvest is competed and the gathering of the oats, barley and rye is in progress.

The subscriptions to Michigan Female Seminary fund are reported as coming in favorably.

Miss Emma Cameron, youngest daughter of the Hon. Alexander Cameron, of this village sailed on Wednesday last for Europe. She will meet the Stone family in Europe. Yesterday Mrs. Dr. Allen, of Chicago, and her daughter, recently married, passed through here en route for the Old Wold. They were met at the cars by a number of their old friends here, where Dr. and Mrs Allen formerly lived.

The old settlers' picnic, which comes off in this village on the 29th of this month, promises to be a grand affair, as it will be an assemblage of the oldest living representatives of that hardy band who first penetrated the forests and wildernesses of Western Michigan.

Copyright Clayton Betzing, 2001

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