East New Market


Denton Journal

26 June 1915 - This Week's Terrible Storm

The hail storm on Tuesday afternoon last wrought great damage in many sections of Maryland.  In our neighboring counties of Talbot and Dorchester the hail was particularly destructive, and thousands of bushels of wheat were lost, being battered down into mud.  Hundreds of fowl were killed.  The hail stones were in many instances as large as hen eggs.  At some points they were as large as baseballs.  Stock was hurt badly on many farms.  People traveling along the roads had to abandon their vehicles and flee to the nearest shelter for their lives.  Around Hurlock and East New Market, where wheat and corn suffered very much, and tomato plants were cut off and cantaloupes as well, the storm does not seem to have been as severe as it was along the river, from East New Market to Cambridge and also along a strip extending to Linkwood, Salem, Drawbridge, and Vienna, the Cambridge Record notes.  From all sides come reports concerning the large size of the hail stones which fell, there being no question of the fact that they were as large as hen eggs.  So large were they that Mr. Noah Webster was able to bring them in from Thompson's Station, a distance of 3 miles, and when they reached this office they were as large as walnuts.  The storm was especially severe around Salem, the barn of the farm of Mrs. Emma Davis, tenanted by Mr. C.C. Hurley, being struck by lightening and burned, and three mules and two horses killed; also all of the fodder and corn was destroyed.  At "The Woodlands", the home of Mr. William A. Percy, about four miles from Vienna, much damage was done, trees being blown down and standing crops ruined.