“Cyclone Event by Tom Ralston”

In Alix, Alberta, Farming, Pioneer Farming on November 29, 2019 at 5:03 PM

Cyclone Anecdote by Tom Ralston

In 1920 a severe cyclone hit our district.  Geordie and I and … Chet Dean took shelter in Old Bullocksville.

Neither Geordie or I had ever had any experience with cyclones, but Chet had lived for a number of

years in Oklahoma and knew how dangerous and destructive they were, so we looked to him for

instructions.   First off he said we must hold the door, which we did till the hinges and lock came loose,

then he said we had better get into the cellar.  On opening the door we discovered the cellar was full of

 water so it was back to hold the door.  Logs were torn from the back of the old building and we really

thought our time had come.  However it didn’t collapse and the worst of the storm was over in about

forty minutes.  When it calmed down, we went out to view the damage, and Chet suddenly

remembered his horses that he had put in a new log barn that Jim had just built.  The roof was taken off

level with the loft floor and was resting right side up not far from the barn.  The horses were calmly

eating hay now wore for their soaking.  The democrat was out in the slough with a log off the house

through one wheel.  A mower had the bar broken off and the sickle was left waving in the wind.  A half

barrel that we used for a watering trough was found away back in the bush.

This article is from the book Pioneers and Progress, a history of the Alix-Clive area printed in 1974by DW Friesen and Sons Ltd., Calgary.  Copies of it and of its follow-up Gleanings are available for sale at the Alix Public Library, Alix Wagon Wheel Museum, and Alix Home Hardware

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