Cloudburst Washes Out Carters' Store in 1907

(11/04/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 8/27/1907.

Carter Brothers' store, located near the Mussel Shoals, was washed away in a recent flood that was caused by a cloud-burst in the hollow back of the store one day last week.  The building and its contents and the Hattie postoffice supplies, were swept out into the Kanawha; his growing crops were all ruined and his cow and horse were all that were left him.  One of the most despisable tricks we have ever known of was when one of his neighbors charged him, or wanted to, five dollars for catching a barrel of engine oil.  Mr. Carter, however, employed legal counsel and refused to pay the extortion. It is to be hoped that he will get his oil back, and if there is ever another calamity to befall anyone in that neighborhood we would rather have it be the man that caught the barrel than anyone else.


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