Old Newspaper Clipping

In 1901 the most terrific hailstorm, that ever visited this region, passed over the town of Canyon City on May 11 at half past three and lasting for l and half hours. Hail meassuring one and half inches fell, breaking windows, tearing off roofs, stripping fruit and other trees of their leaves. Teams hitched on the street broke their fastenings and dashed through the town, seeking shelter. A deluge of water came down the town gulch following the storm, flooding streets and cellars and doing considerable damage. Temporary levees were hastily constructed to keep the water out of business houses and residences. As before, no time for mourning the people immediately cleaned up the distruction and went on with their lives.

The following was clipped from an old 1895 news article - unfortunately the name was not left intact.

In June of this year the northern part of Grant county was swept by a cyclone, which destroyed many thousands of dollars worth of property and resulted in the death of three people and the wounding of several on Long creek. This cyclone entered Grant county from the western portion of Baker county, breaking and twisting off large trees and piling them up like straws, and crossing the mountains struck the edge of the town of Long Creek with tremendous force. Of the buildings which stood in its parth not a single trace remained after the storm had passed. An old resident and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. David J. Parrish, were killed in their home, and in the demolition of Dr. and Mrs. Nichol's house their little baby, Blanche, met death. The other members of the family who were in the building at the time miraculously escaped with their lives, though injured to a greater or less extent. C.H. Lee's house was in the path of the storm. All the inmates escaped serious injury, although one of Mrs. Lee's arms was shattered and nearly wrenched off. Several others were slightly injured. L.W. Solawn was picked up by the wind and carried over the top of Woodall's store. Fortunately he alighted safely on a pile of hay, where N.B. Oliver's barn once stood. In Long creek eight buildings were swept away, the school house, which cost $5,000, was wrecked, the roller mills of C.L. Williams were badly damaged, making a total loss in property estimated at $25,000. Several families were left homeless and penniless. The people of the town cared tenderly for the injured and loving hands prepared the dead for their long rest. The news was at once communicated to the outside world, and a considerable amount of relief money was raised and forwarded to the sufferers.

The cyclone, after leaving Long Creek, continued its course northward, unroofing two or three dwellings before reaching the middle fork of the John Day river, at which point it seems to have spent its force. Much loss was reported on east Long Creek, and also in Fox valley, but no further loss of life.

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The following was clipped from an old 1872 news article - unfortunately the name was not left intact.

On the evening of December 18, 1872, there was a slight earthquake in Canyon City and vicinity. It lasted only a few seconds, but during this inconsierable space of time its effects were distinctly perceptible. Houses were shakin, glassware, earthenware and tinware clinked together in the shelves, swinging lamps oscillated from side to side, and in other ways the activity of the earth was manifested. The stores were all open, and business men and loungers, noticing the movement of articles over the floor and on the counters and shelves, and experiencing the sensation of rocking, believed at first that they were gvictims of hallucinations. The violence of the disturbance increasing, however, and finally culminating in a slight though distinct shock, these beliefs were dispelled, and the true nature of the phenomenon became apparent. A few were badly frightened, but no damage whatever was done.

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