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The town of Texas
(1856-1976)

VIII. The township's disasters,   pp. 63-65


Page 63

VIII
THE TOWNSHIP'S DISASTERS
Mother Nature hasn't always been kind to
the residents of the Town of Texas.
Mrs. Ben Detert tells of the time in 1910
when a large red wall of flaming fire
came crawling eastward toward their home.
It devoured everything in its path. It
is believed to have been started by one
of the steam engines pulling a train
near the Wisconsin River.
The families deposited their dishes and
other washable articles in ponds, swamps,
etc. to save them from the fire. Then
they gathered some of their cherished
possessions and began to run away from
their homes.
Panic and fear filled their hearts, as
they sought a place of safety.
When the fire reached the fields of the
neighborhood settlement, it suddenly
began to rain. This squelched the blaze.
The families returned to their homes,
wet but happy.
Only the smoldering stumps and logs and
the charred surface remains of the fire.
Certainly, their prayers were answered.
FeAn KiCttet
The Flood at Trappe Rive
In 1912, when the downpour of rain flooded
Wausau, the Town of Texas was flooded too.
All the bridges along Trappe River were
washed out.
The Porath barn, which was located on
what is now the Elmer Bootz Farm, was
lifted and floated on the bridge crossing
the road.
Many residents barely escaped with their
lives, but there were no fatalities.
Soon the debris and destruction was
righted and the flood was forgotten.
Fern Kittel
TORNADOES
There have been times when high winds
and hail caused considerable destruction
in our Town, but many of the residents
will never forget the May day when an
auction was being held on the old
William Strassman Farm.
The crowd of people had gathered on the
barn floor of the large hipped roofed
barn. A large black monster with its
swishing tail appeared in the sky. Its
tail was lashing up and down. The people
began to run helter-skelter to find pro-
tection. Some ran to their cars, some to
the barn's basement, and some lay on the
ground. The funnel cloud continued on
toward the barn when suddenly it shifted
to the northeast between the barn and
Henry Wulf's buildings. It continued on,
going in a northeast direction. It up-
rooted a woods of hard maple, crossed the
road and tore up Dunlap's house.
As it continued on toward Antigo, it was
destructive in many places.
A FIRE
THE FLOOD


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