One hundred years ago, a tornado ripped through the White River Valley and aggressively relocated multiple structures in the Randolph area. (Herald Archive)

Wind Storm Moves Barn


Submitted 6 months ago

One hundred years ago a severe wind event took residents of Randolph and Randolph Center by surprise. Here’s a report from the May 16, 1918 edition of The Herald and News:

A severe electric and wind storm struck Randolph about 5 o’clock p.m. last Friday. The wind seemed to gain great velocity on the old road from the center to Randolph completely demolishing Mr. Sawyer’s barn at Four Corners; it took boards and shingles from one barn on the Slack farm and nearly ruined the young orchard east of the house; thence it moved the Holman Barn about three inches; two other barns were leveled to the ground.

On the East Randolph road, John Blaisdell’s barn was stripped of its form, as was Carl Moxley’s on Osgood Hill. Trees all over town were uprooted and blown down, chimneys blown off, many silos demolished or rendered unfit for use, and fences laid flat. Altogether, there were several thousand dollars’ damage done. It was the severest wind storm known by the oldest inhabitants.

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