1912 Tornado Damage

Tornado Damage Information





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Tornado Damages - 1912        
Name Location - 1912 Modern Name Amount Description
  Long Branch   $66,000  
  Pitcher Hill & Collamer   $62,500  
  Liverpool & vicinity   $9,500  
  Telephone & Telegraph   $5,000  
  Other losses   $7,000  
Loveless, Robert 1.5 miles from Long Branch    

"As far as could be ascertained today the first farm upon which the full force of the tornado was vented was upon that of Robert Loveless, situated about a mile and a half from Long Branch. Mr. Loveless and his children had been standing in the yard, and the sticks and stones which the tornado carried began to fall about them. The top of the barn was torn off, broken into bits and distributed about the fields."



Walters, Will 1.0 miles from Long Branch    

"The wind then took its path down through the meadows to the farm owned by Will Walters, which is situated one-half mile nearer Long Branch. IT completely wrecked the barn and hen houses, and corn houses and a smoke house were carried into the woods a half mile distant." [1912-09-16a1]


Barker At beginning of Long Branch Grove    

"The woods into which Mr. Barker's out houses were blown are the beginning of the grove which runs down to Long Branch. The tornado entered the woods directly in the rear of his house and cut a swath about 500 feet wide."



S. L. & N. Railroad Long Branch   $3,000 - $6,000 Trolley cars and passenger station, wire and poles loss
Maurer, Benjamin F. Long Branch   $50,000 Buildings destroyed at long Branch Amusement Park
Beers, Wilbur Long Branch, eastern side of outlet   $2,500 [1912-09-17a1]
University, Syracuse Long Branch, eastern side of outlet   $10,000 Boathouse and shells
Bennett, Thomas E.   [1] Cold Springs Road Route 370 [2] $2,500

Next door neighbor of Lewis Keith. Completely demolished.
"The home of Thomas E. Bennett was torn fromits stone foundation and carried at least twenty feet. Mr. Bennett and his wife were unhurt. He tried to protect her from heavy beams and boards that fell about them and his shoulder was dislocated and his chest injured though it is not thought serious." [1912-09-16a2]


Keith, Lewis  [3] Cold Springs Road Route 370  

Directly across road from Bennett. No estimate given. Good picture in 1912-09-17 PS-p06. 
"…huge trees standing in front of the house were leveled to the ground and stretched across the road."
"Across from the Bennetts, Lewis Keith's home was destroyed and the aged man and his family narrowly escaped death or serious injury. Several tons of coal in a wood shed were moved several feet, woodshed and all." [1912-09-16a2]


Duer, Waldo Cold Springs Road Route 370  

"…was sitting on the porch of his home when the tornado struck. He with his seven children narrowly escaped death." Apparently the tornado ascended and Duer was passed over.


Bailey, Frank Cold Springs Road Route 370  

"...barns torn down and the roof of the house carried away, but no one injured."


Markham, Mace

Cold Springs Road

Route 370


"Any person seeing a windmill wandering about the outskirts of Liverpool will kindly notify Mace Markham, who lives on the Phoenix Road (actually the Cold Springs Road). The mill is the only building Mr. Markham lost. It was blown somewhere, but the exact location had not been discovered yesterday."



Smith, Bartholomew[4] Clay Road Morgan Road $1,000

Bart Smith, neighbor of Henry Younglove. 
"…blowing the roof off the barn, blowing in windows of the house and whirling the furniture about."



"When the big barn on Bartholomew Smith's place went down a calf was buried in the debris. At first it was believed that he had perished. Searching through the ruins, Mr. Smith heard faint sounds from deep in the mass of timbers. With the help of other farmers he began to chop away the timbers and finally located the animal wedged into a hole with timbers resting on his back and against both flanks. When he was finally extricated it was found that he had not even a scratch."



Younglove, James[5] Clay Road Morgan Road $2,500

Henry Younglove, neighbor of Bart Smith
"…greenhouse across the road (from Smith) was blown to pieces. Mowing machines were carried many feet by the wind." [1912-09-16a2]


Sherwood, Charles H.  Phoenix Road Morgan Road  

"…home was unroofed as if a mighty scythe had swept across it. Mr. Sherwood who tried to close the door when the wind was felt, was blown across the room and against the wall." [1912-09-16a2]

"Mrs. Charles Sherwood tumbled through a second story window at her home on the Phoenix Road (Morgan Road) and slided to the earth accompanied by several square yards of roofing tin and scores of lumbers. She doesn't know how it happened. The last thing she remembers is having gone up stairs to close some windows. She was around the farm yesterday helping her husband and the men at work."



Plummer, E. J. Euclid Road Morgan Road  

"In a large hole from which a tree had been uprooted was found a mowing machine on the farm of Edward Plummer, on the Clay Corners road."  [1912-09-17b1].


Woerner Woodard Road Henry Clay Blvd. $2,000

"Before the cyclone struck the Price farm it crossed the Woerner place. There a greenhouse was demolished, entailing a loss of about $2,000. Several trees here were also uprooted. [1912-09-16]


Clark, Edward [6] Woodard Road Henry Clay Blvd. $1,500 Clark & Price on adjacent census pages. Therefore they are near the intersection of 7th North St and Bear Road.
"Edward Clark's roof was blown off and barn destroyed and orchard completely ruined." [1912-09-16a2]


"On the Edward Clark farm, first this side of the Price Place, the tornado skirted an old orchard, breaking down half a dozen trees, and also cut a swath through the woods. An unoccupied house and a barn and one shed were unroofed. Clark said his loss would probably not be more than $1,500."



The Waterbury Schoolhouse   Henry Clay Blvd.  

"The Waterbury brick schoolhouse roof was taken away." [1912-09-16a2]


"Between the Price and Clark farms, at the intersection of the Woodard and East Roads, is the Waterbury schoolhouse No. 7 of the town of Clay. This was unroofed. The brick walls appear but slightly damaged, but the wooden addition shows the effects of the storm, although it stood a little to one side of its general direction." [1912-09-16]


Price, Sidney [7] Bear Road   $10,000

Clark & Price on adjacent census pages.  Therefore they are near the intersection of 7th North St and Bear Road.
"Mr. Price's loss alone is $10,000." [1912-09-16a2]


"The most serious damage done nearest to Liverpool was on the Sidney Price farm, rather more than a mile northeast in the town of Clay. The farmer says two rooms of his house and his land is about all he has left. The storm uprooted, twisted off or blew over about 200 trees on the Price place, demolished a tobacco shed and barn, killed two cows and a horse and so badly injured another cow that she had to be killed. What became of his silo Price has not yet found out. Its site only remains. He can only make a guess as to his loss, and says it will probably exceed $3,500."


"Price saw the cyclone as it approached. His attention was first attracted by a peculiar sound resembling distant rumbling. It had been raining gently. But that had stopped. In the distance off to the west he noticed a funnel-shaped cloud. As this approached that strange humming increased. For perhaps two minutes before the cyclone reached his farm, he says, it was difficult to breathe. There appeared to be a rush of air in the direction from which the storm was fast coming."


"His impulse was to flee, but he seemed powerless to move, and it was an exertion for him to open the door and step into the house. A moment later the storm broke in all its fury, either flattening all things in its path to the ground or sending them high into the air. Sturdy old maples along the roadside in front of the Price home were in some instances literally pulled from the ground."


Stinard, F. H. Bear & Dunham Road Bear & W. Taft Rd.  

"The tin roof was ripped off the porch and trees were blown down. A big wagon was carried up into the wind and whirled round and round, then dropped next to a henhouse."



Hall, Frank Dunham Road W. Taft Road  

"…barn was moved a distance of four feet and then left standing." [1912-09-16a2]



Davis, William D.

Greenpoint Road

Buckley Road


"Willard Davis lost the roof from his house and not a shred was left together of his barn. In his lot are dead chickens by the score. His family of children were in the house but were not hurt. Mr. Davis was in a lot near his home and was knocked down by the wind while flying timbers were carried over his head. He was not injured."



Jewell, Albert [8]

Greenpoint Road

Buckley Road


"The homes of Earl Benz and Albert Jewell are in ruins." [1912-09-16a2]


"Albert Jewell also loses practically everything - home, barns and crop - and his loss will aggregate about $6,000."



Hunt, George Greenpoint Road Buckley Road $10,000

"…barn was demolished … and his house was wrecked. Mr. Hunt was blown from the barn to the house. A new buggy was caught up and smashed. Grain from the barn was hurled against trees that were blown down."



"George Hunt, who lived on the Greenpoint road, was one of the heaviest losers. Not a vestige of his home, barns and crop remain. Everything is ruins and the loss is about $10,000."



Michaels, Peter Bailey Road   $1,000  
Michaels, Michael Estate Bailey Road   $2,500

"There were two houses and two barns on the Michael[s] estate, and these, with the entire crops, were wiped out. The loss will exceed $2,500." [1912-09-17a2]


Zwickie, Fred Bailey Road Elbow Road $4,000

“Fred Zwickie, who lived on the Bailey road,, had depended mostly upon the sale of the products of his orchard for a livelihood. That orchard is leveled to the ground together with his home. The family has been left destitute and nothing has been saved from the wreck. The loss is about $4,000.”



Merrell, William Bailey Road   $1,000

“His home is gone with all its furnishings, all scattered by the wind. He was standing in the barn working over his horses. The structure began to rock. It swayed, the roof opened above his head and he could see the black smoke outside. His hired man, named Kronder, was struck by a beam. One horse was thrown completely over another one. Suddenly Merrill was lifted from his feet. One of his wagons sailed past him. Timbers, trees, debris of all kinds filled the air at his side. Strangely enough he was not injured to any great extent, but reached ground in safety.” [1912-09-16]


Geiger, Joseph near Plank Road Elbow Road $100  
Harter, H. H. near Plank Road Elbow Road $100  
Loop, L(orando). near Plank Road Elbow Road $150  
Schile, Martin Plank Road Elbow Road [9] $700

"…house was badly damaged. The family were not all at home and none was injured." [1912-09-16a2]


"Mrs. Slee [Schile] and her eight children were in the house, but none was injured. Later they were driven out by the torrential rain that followed the wind. The Slee [Schile] barn offered practically no resistance to the wind. It rolled over and over along the uneven ground and finally spread out flat, one side of the roof alone continuing to hurtle through the air. It finally landed a mile away." [1912-0916b2]


Benz, Earl 0.5 miles W of Cicero Road Elbow Road  

"A heavy farm wagon was picked up in the vortex of the tornado and was deposited on a hillside a few yards from the plank road. A harrow and a pair of bob-sleighs are missing. Mr. Benz lost his barns and three-fourths of his house."



Blakeley, John Lawrence Road   $2,500

This is probably the same person as Alexander J. Blaikie below

District School No 7 Lawrence Road   $1,000

Lawrence Road School

Loughnet, George Lawrence Road   $1,500  
Peckham, Dr. W. Lawrence Road   $300  
Wilkinson, John Lawrence Road   $700

Near the Town of Salina District School - Lawrence Road

“John Wilkinson, who owns property near the district school, was also badly injured. He walked up and down near the ruins of his home Sunday night unable to speak with any degree of intelligence. He has a sprained back and a broken rib.”



Chapman, Charles Plank Road Brewerton Road $2,000

See Charles Chapman's Death


Michaels, William Plank Road Brewerton Road $3,000

See Michaels' Story


"The William H. Michaels home looks intact, but it will have to be torn down and rebuilt or the next windstorm that comes along, even if it is moderate, will complete the work of the tornado. The walls look like the side of a ship."



Odin, Frank J. Plank Road Brewerton Road $3,000

"Before the tornado struck Pitcher hill Mr. Odin, a farmer, had a flock of 300 chickens. When the storm came he saw this flock drawn up into the whirling winds and carried high in the air. They seemed to be flying, although some were flying backwards, some sideways and some upside down and whirling around ?????. Odin has been able to find only thirty of the 300." [1912-09-17c1]


Morey, Henry Plank Road Brewerton Road $500

"A silo at the Henry Morey farm went spinning. The house was torn from its foundations, but settled back again."



"After the Merrell and Slee buildings were gone, they being the most isolated, the wind did its work with much greater rapidity. A silo at the Henry Morey farm was sent spinning through the air like a top. The circular roof was detached and that sailed along with the tornado. It had not been found late last night."



"J. C. Thorpe, a farmer living on the Plank road at Pitchers Hill on the edge of the path cut by the tornado, was standing in the rear of his home when he saw the black cloud sweep past."


"Debris was whirled from its narrow point as it dipped toward the ground and tore up acres of corn and planted fields. He watched it rip the roof from the Morey home, saw it sweep across the road and ride onward toward the little wood in the gulley." [1912-09-16b2]


Wendell, H. C. Plank Road Brewerton Road $1,000 "They had not reached the door when there was a dreadful crash and the house went up in the air. Pictures, ornaments, chairs and tables flew in all directions. When the house came to rest again the four were lying on a heap of wrecked furniture which rested on the ceiling of the parlor. For several minutes no one spoke or moved. Then Harold, the oldest son, rose and made his way to Mrs. Wendell's side. Taking his mother by the hand he helped her to her feet and started toward a window, the glass of which had been blown out. He told his brothers to follow." [1912-09-16d1]


"The home of H. U. Wendell, which stood in the path of the tornado, was lifted from its foundation and turned completely over. In the house were Mrs. Wendell and her three boys, all of whom escaped uninjured. Their experience was a typical one."


"'I was in the front room with the boys," said Mrs. Wendell, 'when it suddenly began to grow dark. To the westward I could see a dark funnel shaped cloud bearing toward the hill. I called to the children and we closed the windows and ran into the back room.'"


"'We had not reached the door when I heard a snapping and the furniture in the parlor was lifted up and hurled against the wall. Then the house seemed to rise in the air and the next I remember I was groping about in darkness. I called to the boys and we crawled through the attic window which was resting in the mud.'" [1912-09-16c1]


"The home of H. C. Wendell, a two-story structure standing on the brow of Pitcher's hill, directly across from the Morey home and in the path of the tornado, was lifted from its foundation and turned completely over so that its gables were buried deeply in the soft clay soil." [1912-09-16b1]


Crosby, Frank Plank Road Brewerton Road $400

"Frank Crosby was a tenant of Arlie W. Richardson on the Plank road. He is an employee of the Lake Shore Railroad, and his household effects have been ruined by water."



"The tornado gave another evidence of its playfulness at the Crosby home at the crest of Pitcher Hill. This is unquestionably the most valuable residence in the storm area. The roof and sides above the second story windows were wretched loose and deposited in an adjoining field, but not a window in the house was cracked."


"'We had a hot fire in the kitchen range,' Mrs. Crosby said yesterday afternoon, 'and the stove was shaken about a great deal but nothing caught fire. I expected to see our place go up in flames any minute. Another strange thing is that none of the chandeliers are cracked and no pictures were thrown from the walls.'" [1912-09-17b1]


Richardson, Arlie W. Plank Road Brewerton Road $2,000

Frank Crosby's landlord


Charlotte, Adam Sand Road   $1,000  
Blaikie, Alexander J. Sand Road    

"The barn of A. J. Blaike in Sand Road was demolished and the roof blown from his house. The family was sitting on the porch when the cyclone was seen coming. They got inside and tried to push the door shut, but all their strength could not do it. A boy was blown across the room." [1912-09-16a2]


This is probably the same person listed above as John Blakeley. The Blaikie spelling showed up in an account in a different paper and on a tornado damage picture. Alexander and his family were also found on Sand Road in the 1910 census.


Koring Bros East Plank Road Townline Road $1,000


Barthels, Sebastian Old Ganet Road[10] East Molloy Road $500

In the narrative, Barthels was located on Temple Road. This was where Townline Road made a 45 degree turn to the northeast, right in front of the Koring Bros farm. Temple Road is, shown on the 1943 USGS Syracuse East, NY Quadrangle (northwest corner), surveyed in 1938.


Reen, Frank [11] Old Ganet Road East Molloy Road $1,200

Next door to Streetmather - #232 (1910 census)
"Frank Reen is probably fatally injured. His ribs are broken and he lies in his home hovering between life and death. He was outdoors near the barn. The wind caught the big barn, moved it thirty feet toward the road and buried him under one corner. Mrs. Reen hurried out and tried to drag her husband from the wreckage. At last she succeeded." [1912-09-16a2]


Streetmather, Joseph [12] Old Ganet Road East Molloy Road $200

Next door to Reen - #234 (1910 census)

"Joseph Streetmather is minus the roof of his barn and his crops are ruined. He lives on the old Ganet road [E. Molloy Road]. [1912-09-17a2]


Gratzer, Jacob [13] Old Ganet Road East Molloy Road $100

At the corner of Molloy and Thompson - #226 (1910 census)

"Jacob Gratzer, on the old Ganet road, found his stack of choice hay scattered over the field after the storm. It contained eight large loads, and it was valued at $150." [1912-09-17a2]


Mengel, John D. [14] Collamer State Road [15] Old Collamer Road $100

"Jacob [John] D. Menger, on the State road, lost several trees in his orchard." [1912-09-17a2]


Stokes, Fred [16] Collamer State Road [17] Old Collamer Road [18] $100

"The last place on the east to be visited by the storm was the farm of Fred Stokes, but a short distance from Collamer, on the Collamer State road. Mr. Stokes lost a shed and other small buildings, several stately trees." [1912-09-17a2]


Fuller, Burt [19] Collamer State Road [20] Old Collamer Road $200

"The next place west to feel the severity of the storm was that of Burt Fuller. He too, lost a few sheds." [1912-09-17a2]


Ames & Parmelee Collamer Road Old Collamer Road $3,000

"A farm belonging to Parmelee & Ames of Syracuse, owners of the Palace Laundry, was desolated by the terrific gust of wind that ripped its way from Long Branch to North Syracuse. The owners did not hear of their loss until yesterday afternoon, as the property is located on a crossroad running into the Collamer road about two miles north of Messina Springs [East Syracuse]. The farm is tenanted by Orin May(?) and his family. The farmhouse was swept from its foundation and its interior and its furnishings wrecked. Two large barns were demolished and the crops stored in them carried away. A hen coop and a pig sty disappeared entirely." [1912-09-17b2]


[1]  Bennett was found in the 1910 Town of Salina census living on Cold Springs Road. T624-1055-15A

[2]  Cold Springs Road (Route 370) runs northwest from the Village of Liverpool to Baldwinsville.

[3]  Keith was found in the 1910 Town of Salina census living on Cold Springs Road. T624-1055-15A

[4]  Barton Smith was found in the 1910 Town of Clay census  T624-1024-5B

[5]  Three farms away from Barton Smith was the farm of Henry Younglove in the 1910 Town of Clay census  T624-1054-6A

[6]  Clark appeared in the 1910 Town of Clay census.  T624-1054-5A

[7]  Price was found in the 1910 Town of Clay census.  T624-1054-5B
On the 1874 map of the Town of Clay there is a E. Price in the northeast corner of the intersection of West Taft Road (Fay Road) and Bear Road.

[8]  There is a Jewell Drive running east-west about a quarter mile north of the intersection of Buckley Road and Bailey Road, extending west from Buckley Road

[9]  Actually on Elbow Road according to the 1910 Town of Salina census.

[10]  On the 1874 map of the Town of DeWitt there is a Gannett farm in the southwest corner of Military Tract Lot No 9. It is bordered on the west by Townline Road and on the south by East Molloy Road (Old Ganet Road).

[11]  Found in the 1910 Town of DeWitt census living on "Molloy Road" next to Joseph Streetmather.
On the 1874 map of the Town of DeWitt there was a "F. Rein" near the northern boundary of Lot 10.

[12]  Found in the 1910 Town of Dewitt census. Living on "Molloy Road" next to Frank Reen.

[13]  Found in the 1910 Town of DeWitt census on East Molloy Road 

[14]  Found in the 1910 Town of DeWitt census on Thompson Road. T624-1054-16B 
On the 1874 map of the Town of DeWitt there was a "P. Mangle" on Lot No 6, on the east Thompson Road, just before it crossed into the Town of Cicero. 
There was another "P. Mangle" on the northern boundary of Lot 10.
There is a "J. Mangle" also on Lot 10, on the west side of  Thompson Road, near the western boundary of Lot 10.

[15]  In 1910 the old Bridgeport Plank Road was probably referred to as the South Bay Road and when the planks were torn up and the road paved, it was probably referred to as the Collamer State Road

[16]  According to the 1910 Town of Cicero census Stokes was living on "South Bay Road (north side)."  T624-1054-10A

[17]  In 1910 the old Bridgeport Plank Road was probably referred to as the South Bay Road and when the planks were torn up and the road paved, it was probably referred to as the Collamer State Road

[18]  In 1910 the old Bridgeport Plank Road was probably referred to as the South Bay Road and when the planks were torn up and the road paved, it was probably referred to as the Collamer State Road. It is now called the Old Collamer Road. Route 298 is the modern road just to the east. 
The present South Bay Road was built, in the late 1930s, where the Trolley tracks had been. It runs parallel to Brewerton Road, the old Cicero Plank Road.

[19]  Bert Fuller was living in the Town of Clay according to the 1910 census. The name of the road was not recorded.
On the 1874 map of the Town of DeWitt there were two "A. Fuller" They were northwest of the hamlet of Collamer. One was just over the east boundary of Lot 10 and the other was just over the west boundary of Lot 11. These are probably the same person who owned property in both lots.

[20]  In 1910 the old Bridgeport Plank Road was probably referred to as the South Bay Road and when the planks were torn up and the road paved, it was probably referred to as the Collamer State Road