You are not logged in.   
Username: 
Password: 

Forgot password / Verify | Sign up now! | Printer Friendly

The Franklin County Publication Archive Index is constantly updated. By creating an account you can elect to receive notices when new articles are added and when people comment on the articles.

Join today!

 

Mar 9, 2021
Franklin County (MA) News Archive
The Franklin County Publication Archive Index

To search for a particular subject term, click on the highlighted link containing that term at the bottom of the article. For example, if you are seeking more articles about animals, click on the highlighted link which says Animals/Reptiles/Amphibians.

Article Archives: Articles: Disasters

Showing 25

Posted by stew - Mon, Jan 18, 2010

Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 20, 1875
News of the week

The propeller Equinox and the schooner Onondaga foundered on Lake Michigan during the gale of Thurs. night. It is supposed that all on board both vessels, 29 men in all, were lost...

http://www.halinet.o.../default.asp?ID=s072
 

Subjects: Accident Victims, Accidents, Disasters, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Transportation, Weather

Posted by stew - Tue, Dec 16, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 2, 1875
A man named Johnson

A man named Johnson, with his family, consisting of wife and 5 children, in a wagon, drove into the Coaswatte River [actually the Coosawattee River] in Gordon County, Ga. Mon. and got into deep water, when the wagon body floated off and all the children were drowned, the man and wife escaping. The bodies of 4 of the children have been discovered.
 

Subjects: Accident Victims, Accidents, Children, Disasters, Family, Obituaries, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Transportation

Posted by stew - Sat, Dec 13, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 26, 1875
The dreadful storm in Hungary

500 lives lost in Buda-Pesth. Long article.
 

Subjects: Accident Victims, Disasters, Weather, Hungarians

Posted by stew - Fri, Dec 12, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 19, 1875
Hampshire County items

The Mill River and Williamsburg reservoir association hold a special meeting on Tues., when they will probably accept the plans of Engineer Phinehas Ball of Springfield for rebuilding the dam that burst a year ago last May. [Ball later became Mayor of Worcester].
 

Subjects: Disasters, Government, Hampshire / Hampden Counties, Massachusetts, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Work, Architecture / Construction, Florida (MA)

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 8, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 19, 1875
News of the week

A current of terribly hot air passed over Centralia, Ill. recently, which drove workmen from the fields, and people rushed from their houses, supposing they were on fire. [ I don't know - coal mining since its incorporation as a town, a great disaster in the mines in 1947 when 111 miners died - and of course its counterpart in weirdness, Centralia, PA. Check it out at Wikipedia].
 

Subjects: Accidents, Astronomy, Coal, Curiosities and Wonders, Disasters, Fires, Households, Literature / Web Pages, Mines and Mineral Resources, Names, Weather, Work

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 8, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 12, 1875
The New Granada earthquakes

Mail advices received from different places in Columbia [i.e. Colombia] more than confirm the horrors of the earthquakes in New Granada in May last. In Cucuta alone over 10,000 people were killed, in addition to other thousands who were seriously injured. Everything in the place is in ruins - not a house remains standing, and to add to the horrors, thieves and robbers from the surrounding country have swept down upon the stricken place and despoiled the remnants of inhabitants of what little they had saved from the general wreck...
 

Subjects: Accident Victims, Accidents, Criminals, Disasters, Households, Latin America, Mail, Obituaries, Robbers and Outlaws, Geography

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 21, 1875
Earthquakes in Iceland

Long article.
 

Subjects: Accidents, Disasters, Geography

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 21, 1875
The earthquakes in New Granada and elsewhere

Long article.
 

Subjects: Accident Victims, Disasters, Latin America

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 14, 1875
Fifty thousand natives of the Fiji Islands are reported to have died of epidemic measles

Fifty thousand natives of the Fiji Islands are reported to have died of epidemic measles.
 

Subjects: Disasters, Diseases

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 14, 1875
The steamer Vicksburg

The steamer Vicksburg, which sailed from Quebec for Liverpool May 27, with nearly 90 persons on board, was wrecked in a field of ice when 5 days out, and over 80 of those on board, including the captain, were drowned, while the fate of the rest who got off in boats is uncertain, except 5, who were picked up by a passing steamer and brought to New York, after they had been afloat for some days, and had suffered intensely from exposure. [This one is hard to verify - think they got the name of the steamer wrong].
 

Subjects: Accident Victims, Accidents, Disasters, English (and England), Ice, Names, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Transportation, Canada

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 7, 1875
The coroner's jury in the Holyoke Massacre have rendered a verdict in which the faulty construction of the church is severely condemned

The coroner's jury in the Holyoke Massacre have rendered a verdict in which the faulty construction of the church is severely condemned. All the deaths occurred among the occupants of the gallery, the means of exit from which being totally and shamefully inadequate to its seating capacity.
 

Subjects: Accident Victims, Accidents, Courts, Disasters, Fires, Hampshire / Hampden Counties, Medical Personnel, Obituaries, Religion, Architecture / Construction

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 31, 1875
News about town: Greenfield items

The following list of new books has been recently added to the Greenfield Library: Scottish Song; We and Our Neighbors [by Harriet Beecher Stowe]; Mr. Smith; The Wreck of the Chancellor [by Jules Verne]; Egypt and Iceland; A Winter in Russia; Characteristics from the Writings of J.H. Newman; Theology in the English Poets; Politics for Young Americans; English portraits; Social Life in Greece; The Starling; David Crockett; Invasion of the Crimea, 34 vols.; Strength and Beauty; Outlines of the World’s History; Mistress Judith [by Christina Catherine Liddell]; Gunnar, a Tale of Norse Life; Dictionary of Shakespearian Quotations; Annual Record of Science and Industry; Shakespeare Commentaries; The New Hyperion; Manual of Political Ethics; Ismailia, by S.W. Baker; Ancient Law; St. Nicholas.
 

Subjects: Disasters, Education, English (and England), Greenfield (MA), History, Law and Lawyers, Libraries and Librarians, Literature / Web Pages, Music, Poetry, Politics, Religion, Science, Transportation, War / Weaponry, Scots and Scotland, Arabs, Geography, Russia

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 31, 1875
Terrible explosion in Boston

A most terrific and sadly fatal explosion occurred in Boston Wed. eve., by which a no. of persons lost their lives, and many more were seriously injured. The scene of the disaster was the 4 story brick block on the southwest corner of Washington and Lagrange Streets...and occupied principally by J.D. Dow's drug store [he also manufactured soda water]. The disaster occurred at 6:40 o'clock, just when the streets were crowded with people hastening home to supper. The first intuition of the explosion was a deep, rumbling sound similar to the report of an earthquake, and almost simultaneously the walls of the building burst outward in every direction, and falling in one confused mass presented a scene of wreck seldom before witnessed; more complete than that of any of the buildings blown down by gunpowder during the great fire.

/ ...Numbers of human beings were known to be buried in the burning ruins created the wildest scene, thousands rushing to the point from every direction. Just how many were in the building at the time of the explosion is not known, but there must have been 20 or more. The second door was occupied by S.S. Frazier, merchant tailor, who with a workman were taken out slightly injured. The next room back was occupied by Mrs. Lizzie Frazier and little daughter. The latter died soon after being taken out. Mrs. Frazier received severe injuries, but not necessarily fatal. The next room was occupied by a gentleman as a lodging room, who was out at the time of the explosion; another room was occupied by James M. Frawley, agent for the Bible publishing company. His dead body was recovered among the ruins.

/ The third floor was occupied by Dr. Richardson, corn doctor, who is not accounted for. Another room was occupied by Madame Lillie, clairvoyant, and her husband, both of whom were saved, but a brother of the husband is not yet accounted for. The fourth floor was occupied by a widow lady, who had a no. of shop girls as lodgers, none of whom were accounted for at last accounts, save the widow, Annie Crompton, who was taken out dead. In addition to the above, the following injured have been taken from the ruins: Mr. Lord of East Chester Park, in a dying condition; Mr. Daniel S. Frazier, Mrs. Lillie Hersey, Mrs. Loring Gardner and little son, and Mrs. W.A. Coffin, not seriously injured; John J. Mahoney, probably fatally injured; Morris Ackerman, in a dying condition; John Farley, skull fractured and otherwise injured; John A. Stetson, slightly injured; Jacob Valois, badly cut; Martha Lauder, who occupied an apple stand on the corner and was blown into the street, arm and leg broken; Thomas Canney, badly cut; Samuel Farwell, manager of Dow's store, head badly cut and otherwise injured; Miss Lizzie Getney, rescued with great difficulty, but found to have received but slight injuries...[estimates of damages, $100,000]. The cause of the explosion is not definitely known. Three in all were killed and 22 injured.
 

Subjects: Accident Victims, Accidents, Beverages, Boston (MA), Business Enterprises, Businesspeople, Children, Disasters, Diseases, Drugstores / Drugs, Family, Fires, Food, History, Hotels, Literature / Web Pages, Medical Personnel, Noise, Obituaries, Prophecies, Religion, Roads, Sales, Stores, Retail, Vendors and Purchasers

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 24, 1875
Hampshire County items

A rare mine of last year's reservoir relics has lately been uncovered at Haydenville, where Superintendent Hanson of the cotton mill set a number of workmen digging over a pile of stones below the mill dam. From it they have taken an almost inconceivable variety of things - a steam engine and boiler, silver bell, silver cups, clocks, sewing machines, gold pens, harnesses, the brass shop bell, emblems of Free Masonry, brass pumps, shafting, etc. Pictures that have lain a year under the ground are quite distinct. A cut glass altar from the lodge came over the dam and was taken out whole from under tons of stone; a spy glass, too, was perfect, though filled with sand.
 

Subjects: Archaeology, Business Enterprises, Clubs, Curiosities and Wonders, Disasters, Freemasonry, Glass / Windows, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Work, Jewelry / Gold / Silver / Treasure

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 24, 1875
Hampshire County items

Among those lost on the German steamship Schiller were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Roell. Mr. Roell was employed by Smith & Searle of Northampton, as painter and finisher of furniture, but about a year and a half ago he removed to New York. He leaves 4 daughters, one of whom is married and lives in South Deerfield.
 

Subjects: Accident Victims, Accidents, Business Enterprises, Deerfield (MA), Disasters, Emigration and Immigration, Family, Furniture, Germans, Hampshire / Hampden Counties, Lost and Found, Marriage and Elopement, Obituaries, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Transportation, Women, Work

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 17, 1875
The steamship disaster

Very long article about the wreck of the "fine new steamship Schiller". [See the New York Times article for May 9, 1875].
 

Subjects: Accident Victims, Disasters, English (and England), Literature / Web Pages, Transportation

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 3, 1875
Hinsdale, N.H.

Oscar Cooper, a lad of a dozen years, fell out of a boat near the mouth of the Ashuelot river recently and came near being drowned. A Mr. Elgar being in the vicinity discovered him when the disaster occurred, and though the weather was cold and there was much floating ice in the stream, he plunged into it, swam for and rescued the lad from death.
 

Subjects: Accidents, Children, Disasters, Ice, New Hampshire, Roads, Transportation, Weather

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, April 26, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

Rev. M.F. Platt writes from Hastings, Nebraska in relation to the boxes of clothing from this town: "I received the boxes you sent and have distributed the clothing to those whom I thought were really needy. Some mothers came whose children up to that time had not had a stocking or shoe to put on their feet during the winter, and this about the 1st of March. When I went into some of their sad houses with dirt floors, the stove would be setting up high on blocks, and I would see from two to three and four children crawled under the stove like so many cats or dogs to keep warm. The contents of your boxes were very acceptable and they went into 15 different families, and they wish me to convey to you their warmest thanks for your kindness in remembering them in all their needs. The great want now is seed. Shall they have it, what say you? I have done all I can, yet there is want in this particular. Who will send a few dollars?".
 

Subjects: Charity, Children, Disasters, Economics, Family, Farmers & Farming / Flowers, Fires, Greenfield (MA), Households, Insects, Literature / Web Pages, Poor, Religion, Weather, Clothing

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, April 19, 1875
North Hadley

North Hadley, and indeed the whole County, is in a state of excitement over the failure of Thaddeus Smith, an extensive farmer, tobacco raiser and dealer, and a large broom manufacturer at North Hadley, and a man of reputed large wealth, with liabilities variously reported at from $100,000 to $150,000. His failure also carries down several other large farmers and business men in that village, among whom are Edward P. Hibbard and his brother, Samuel S. Hibbard, large farmers, tobacco dealers and dairymen; H.C. Russell and A.P. Russell, farmers, tobacco raisers and growers of early garden vegetables; and Francis Smith, store keeper and tobacco dealer.

/ What the liabilities of any of these parties are is not yet known but they are believed to be large. It appears that all these parties have been in the habit of indorsing for each other, and their credit has been the very best. Their creditors are numerous and include nearly everybody in North Hadley, and many outside. The First National Bank Northampton and the Hampshire County Bank at Northampton, are said to lose a large amount by the paper of these men. James Stetson of Shutesbury is a creditor for $10,000 or $12,000 but is partially secured by a mortgage of real estate.

/ Clapp & Pomeroy of Northampton and L.L. Draper are said to be heavy losers. There are a large no. of creditors in Northampton for various amounts, among whom are B.E. Cook, Smith & Searle, and C.H. Jones for $100 each. Mr. Draper's claim is said to be from $3000 to $5000. One of the small farmers who is heavily crippled by these failures is Chester Cook of North Hadley, and he will probably be obliged to appeal to the insolvent court. Prof. W.B. Russell of Hatfield is also reported as carried down in the gale. What course these insolvent parties will pursue is not yet determined upon, but Mr. Thaddeus Smith proposes to call a meeting of his creditors at an early day, and lay the whole matter of his indebtedness before them. Of course there is a very despondent feeling in North Hadley. These men, with L.N. Granger, George C. Smith and one or two others, who are not seriously involved in these failures, have been the life of the business of the village, and the disaster cripples every enterprise here (Northampton Gazette). Thaddeus Smith has applied to be declared a bankrupt.
 

Subjects: Animals / Reptiles, Beverages, Business Enterprises, Businesspeople, Courts, Disasters, Economics, Education, Family, Farmers & Farming / Flowers, Food, Hampshire / Hampden Counties, Literature / Web Pages, Rich People, Shutesbury (MA), Smoking and Tobacco, Stores, Retail, Vendors and Purchasers, Weather

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, April 19, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

The ladies of the Second Congregational society will send a box of clothing to the grasshopper sufferers in Kansas. Articles can be left with Mrs. L. Merriam. The society sent over $30 in cash last week.
 

Subjects: Charity, Clubs, Disasters, Economics, Food, Greenfield (MA), Insects, Mail, Religion, Women, Clothing

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, March 22, 1875
There is a connecting flame of fire

There is a connecting flame of fire, 50 miles in length, sweeping through the pine forests in Worth, Berrien and Coffee counties, Ga.
 

Subjects: Disasters, Fires, Trees

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, March 22, 1875
News of the week

A terrible tornado, lasting half an hour, passed over the town of Rienzi, Miss. Mon., killing several persons and destroying a number of buildings, including the Presbyterian and Baptist churches...
 

Subjects: Accident Victims, Disasters, Religion, Weather, Architecture / Construction

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, March 22, 1875
A romance of reality

A widow of seventy years died in Portsmouth some time ago, the truth of whose life was stranger than any fiction. At the age of fifteen she married the choice of her heart, a young sea captain, and after a brief and happy honeymoon he left her for a foreign voyage. But his ship was never heard from, and doubtless foundered at sea, with all on board. The young husband, as he was dressing for sea on the morning he left home, playfully threw a pair of stockings over his head, to test some sailor's charm or other, and they chanced to land on the top of a canopy bedstead, he remarking, " Sarah, let them stay there till I come back." And many and many a long year they have lain, but alas! he never returned. But neither love, nor hopes, nor expectations ever died out in her faithful heart during all the years of her lonely pilgrimage. To the last, whenever a door opened, or a step was heard approaching, she turned to see if it might not be he whom she mourned and sought. But he never came back to her; let us hope and trust that she has gone to him. But by her desire she was buried in her wedding dress, with white gloves and wedding ring.
 

Subjects: Courtship, Disasters, Furniture, Marriage and Elopement, Mourning Customs, New Hampshire, Obituaries, Transportation, Women, Work

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, March 22, 1875
News of the week

Letters from Guadalajara, Mexico, give an account of an earthquake of more than usual force on the 11th of Feb., which shook a large portion of Northern Mexico. The little town of San Cristobal was almost entirely destroyed and 70 dead bodies were taken from the ruins. The center of this disturbance appears to have been the volcano of Ceboruco. The earthquake occurred at night and the terror of the people was increased by the darkness.
 

Subjects: Accident Victims, Disasters, Latin America, Literature / Web Pages

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, March 22, 1875
Grasshoppers in Minnesota

Grasshoppers in Minnesota (short article about the plague).
 

Subjects: Disasters, Food, Insects


Powered by manager.webworksserver.com