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1856 Tornado

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Catalog Information

Title
1856 Tornado
Accession Number
2018.012.0001
Type
Event
Gift of
Torrey Crossman
Collection Title
Misc Photos and Documents
Collection Description
Misc Photos and Documents
Format Description
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Event

The May 29, 1856 edition of the Burlington Weekly Sentinel reported that on  Saturday May 24, 1856 a tornado came through the northern section of Wallingford and southern segment of Clarendon.  The Clarendon men noted in the newspaper article (below) were Calvin Crossman (1791-1869) and brothers Harvey (1798 - 1868) and Thomas (1805-1884) Stewart/Steward. 

Though all three men survived the tornado without serious injury, only Thomas died of old age per his death record.  Harvey died of "mortification of the left hand" and Calvin of "softening of the brain".  Harvey had been a farmer.  Calvin had a dry goods and grocery store in the 1840's, was an innkeeper in the 1850's, and then finally a farmer in the 1860's.  Thomas was also a farmer but additionally served in the State Legislature in 1852 and then as a delegate to the Vermont Constitutional Convention of 1857. 

The cover photo is of a 1956 tornado in Michigan

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