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WIRELESS MESSAGES RECEIVED AT THIS STATION (REPUBLICAN, Jewell City)
16 JUL 1909, pg 8:
On the front page of the REPUBLICAN was a story of:
The Direful Storm!
Vast Territory Swept by Wind and Hail.
Cuts a Swath 12 miles Wide Through Jewell Co.'s Harvest.
Eight Hundred Square Miles Laid Waste.
Breaks all Previous Records.
The most devastating and desolating hail storm ever seen in this
part of Kansas, swept a territory from eight to twelve miles wide and
eighty miles long last Saturday night (10 Jul 1909). According to
our present information the storm started in Phillips county, swept
clear across Smith, clear across Jewell, and far into the south half
of Cloud county.
(The story continues, telling of the thousands of acres of wheat,
alfalfa, and corn that were totally destroyed. Birds, chickens and
rabbits where killed by the hundreds. Horses were pounded and driven
into wire fences, terribly hurt and many had to be destroyed. mls)
Characteristic Kansas pluck is every where displayed in the hail
district. The people have suffered a very heavy loss. To some
renters who were in debt and had their little all staked on the crop,
it is a staggering blow. But you hear very little lamentation. Even
the women brush away tears and smile as they talk about it. They had
counted on so many pleasant things; but they have the Kansas grit,
and they are concealing their disappointment as much as possible; and
speaking cheerfully to husband and children. One woman said, "Well,
we have the hens left, and the cows will still give milk. We'll get
along." It is worth the loss of a crop to a man to have a wife who
talks like that to him in the face of disaster. Besides, there is a
whole lot of truth in it. The hens and the cows will keep real
distress from many a door. Some farmers will plant 90 day corn, with
the hope of getting good cow feed, and many will immediately plow
their corn fields, and thus make an extra-ordinary seed bed for wheat
after what is practically a "summer fallow.'
- - - -Anybody in the hail strip who wants work can advertise
that fact without charge, in this
paper, and the farmers who need help will see that they get the jobs
at good wages.
(The above was to help explain some of the comments in the Wireless
Isaac Nees: "When it comes to the pinch, it takes something besides
honesty to pay debts."
Jack Hicks: "My farm was in the hail strip, but I look for a double
yield next year."
L. (Leslie)A. Breed: "It sounded like something was throwing rocks
against our house."
Commissioner Wheeler: "Some days the county clerk can not do anything
but count crows' heads and gopher scalps. Every new law that comes
along, puts an extra burden on the county clerk and makes no
provision for extra help."
H. (Henry) G.(Green) Breed (Arcadia, Texas): "The great causeway
across the bay is now assured. Contract let for $1,329,400. Work
begins immediately. The great enterprise has been the dream of
Galveston for the past 12 years. As soon as it is completed come
down and see it and call at our house."
Fay N. Seaton: "Some months ago a little lady and I journeyed across
the Hudson to Jersey and were married. Up to this time we have not
announced our marriage, although my folks at Jewell knew of it at the
time. The lady was Miss Dora E. Schmidt, of Park avenue and 71st
street, New York City, daughter of Mrs. Johanna Schmidt; a widow, and
granddaughter of John Meier of Bremen, Germany. Since I came down
here she has been staying with her mother in New York; but she joins
me here tonight, as her mother is going down to Virginia to spend the
summer with another one of her daughters in the mountains. If I had
had any idea that Congress would hold on so long, she would have come
down before this, but I have had to go to New York every two or three
weeks to look after my work there as librarian of the Reform Club.
As soon as we adjourn we are going to Salina, and shortly after that
we will go to Jewell. I have thought that as she is coming here, our
marriage ought to be ann!
ounced, and I should be glad to have the people at Jewell know about it, too."
A Jewell City Woman: "My vacation begins when the children start to school."
Leslie Nees: "There is nothing to do but to grin and bear it."
Herman Loucks: "My horses ran through a number of wire fences, but
the hail hurt them worse than the wires."
C.H. Bowles: "I picked up 1180 blackbirds in my grove after the
storm, and then I didn't get them all."
Mrs. Chas. Durant: "When it began to smash in the windows of our new
house, I thought another cyclone was after us."
W.A. Matson: "I have lived in several places in my time, and I have
never seen a tonier little meat market anywhere than Ohlinger's run."
W.C. McClung: "I never saw such an optimistic set of hail sufferers.
My store was full of them all day last Monday buying repairs, and
there wasn't one grunter in the crowd."
John Wolfe: "There are men in my neighborhood that did not get one
lick of their big wheat fields cut. I had a tin roof on my barn and
the harvesters were sleeping in there. The boys said it made such a
roar that it hurt their ears. Well, we had a crop last year and I
guess we can stand it. Among my neighbors, Jim Russel, M.T. Cooper
and Earl Eychner lost every bit of their crops. They will not have a
bushel of either wheat or corn, and there are hundreds more in the
J.H. Strickler: "You nearly always find some fellow who has seen
something like it only worse, but I haven't seen that fellow yet."
Simeon King: "I believe it was pretty rough even on the chinch bugs."
J.O. Laffer: "We will see the day when the Jewell City mill will make
E.L. Gray: "That hail storm knocked me out of $15,000 worth of
automobiles and piano sales. I had that amount right in sight. Some
of those fellows intended to buy an automobile and a piano both if
this crop had come in."
Jim King: "My wheat lacked just one day of being safe-I had intended
to go into it the next morning. I believe some of it would have made
20 bushels per acre. Out of 50 acres I won't get a bushel."
D.C. Blacker: "I picked up 24 jack rabbits around my place, and
thought I was fixed for meat, but I don't believe they are keeping
J.L. Anderson: "I don't think my corn right there at Ionia is badly
hurt, but half a mile south of me the destruction was complete. Fred
Beeler's big ranch was wiped clean."
Will Holmes: "Frank Buel, who has just traded his farm to Ben Kuiken
for the Ionia livery barn, had ten head of horses in pasture. Only
one out of the ten escaped severe injury from the hail storm."
Ed Brunnemer: "Among the other things we saw going was that new auto
we'd been talking about."
Mrs. C.M. Gaston: "If the Baptists don't get a preacher pretty soon,
I'm going to move into that new parsonage myself."
Fred Beeler, Jr.: "As far as I can hear, the storm never did stop.
Maybe it's at it yet."
C.H. Bowles: "I held the door braced with a lounge, but couldn't keep
it shut. Then when the windows smashed in, I let her go and followed
the family to the storm cave. My roof was battered all to pieces."
L.M. Snow: "I feel like somebody had extracted about $1500 from my
pocket in a very few minutes. I was prouder of my young orchard of
200 trees than anything on the place. Nothing left of it now."
Geo. McClung: "I guess the typical Kansas Optimist lives in the hail
streak. I haven't heard a single one complain."
A.J. Meeker: "I picked up a hundred dead birds in my grove, and jack
rabbits were lying around everywhere over the place."
Wm. Bon: "We can stand it better than we could 25 years ago. All the
birds are dead. I saw one bluejay but he looked mighty lonesome.
Mocking birds, robins, quail, rabbits and everything of that sort are
Ed Jones: "It cleaned us up, but we will plant quick-maturing crops
in the hope of getting feed. Those corn fields plowed soon will make
a magnificent seed bed for winter wheat."
Philip Sargent: "I lost 125 acres of wheat and 125 acres of corn, but
saved 60 acres of wheat."
Geo. Treffer: "I am turning the hogs in where that 40 acres of wheat
used to be and they are finding some of it."
Transcribed by Marjorie Kincheloe Slaughter
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