The town of Texas
VIII. The township's disasters, pp. 63-65
The next day we heard that it destroyed Bohm's house, Annie Kemp's machine shed, and Hafenbreadl' s barn. Another tornado ripped through our Town- ship on June 30, 1953. It uprooted many trees in the woods and destroyed Otto Pagel's and Wilbur Baumann's barns. Wilbur Baumann's Ban In the summer of 1943, a tornado ripped through the trees enroute to the Herman Roeder Farm. It took board and roofing off the barn and dashed the barn door to bits. Then it continued north destroying more trees. Friday the thirteenth in August of 1973, will be a day remembered by many. A tornado demolished Ted Baumann's barn, uprooted large trees in Plautz's woods, and ripped off the roof of Elgart Plautz's barn and sheds. The buildings were made of metal so all the wires were cut and a rewiring job was essential. Do you remember the airplanes flying low over the fields during the summer of 1975? They were spraying for the army worms who invaded the fields and were destroying the crops. May, June, and July of this year will be remembered for its, hot, dry weather. The crops are wilting and dying from the lack of water and high temperatures. The normal rainfall for May is 3.81 inches, and we received only 2.55 inches. The normal rainfall for June is 4.08 inches and we received only 0.92 inches. July's normal rainfall is 3.51 inches and thus far we have only received 1.58 inches, as of July 22nd, 1976. GRADER BUCKLES A BRIDGE Town of Texas officials and Marathon County highway employees were trying to figure out a way today to rescue a 10 ton road grader which buckled a girder bridge over the Trappe River about 1:30 P.M. yesterday. At the same time parents were breathing a prayer that the grader and not the school bus, which crosses the bridge twice a day carrying 40 high school students, didn't collapse the bridge. The grader, which is worth about $30,000 is hanging precariously over the River. It looked like a mere touch would topple it into about five feet of water. The bridge, erected in 1912 to replace one carried out by the flood of that year, is damaged beyond repair, a Town official said. Herbert Baumann, the grader operator, was going south and had just entered the bridge when it buckled. "All at once, she cracked," he said. "There was a woosh and down she went. I jumped out of the cab. It was steep and I slid toward the blade." Although the bottom side of the bridge is out of view, it appeared that the main steel I beams, weakened by rust, let go. The girders at the top were bent. The northwest corner of the bridge collapsed completely. The bed of the bridge on the south end was still in place. See picture on next page. DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN? Pope's built the garage above Marshall Hill. The Tapper Brothers had a dairy in Riverview. It is now the Jersey Jug.
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