Clara “Carrie” Ruth Woodroffe Pryor, daughter of Thomas Woodroffe, Sr. the first owner of the granite quarry, grew up in Mount Airy and Greensboro. In 1887 she married Frank Pryor of Greensboro and moved to Colusa, California, where they owned a farm. As with several of her siblings, she suffered from poor health. A trip to a doctor was delayed by a day, saving Clara and her brother Frank from the San Francisco earthquake in 1906. She is seen here about 1900.
Clara” Carrie”Ruth Woodroffe Pryor, child of Thomas Woodroffe, Sr. the very first owner of the granite quarry, grew up in Mount Airy and Greensboro. In 1887 she wed Frank Pryor of Greensboro and transferred to Colusa, California, where they owned a farm. Just like numerous of her siblings, she struggled with bad health. A journey to a physician was delayed by a day, conserving Clara and her bro Frank from the San Francisco earthquake in 1906. She is seen here about 1900. Regional tradition holds that a preacher at a revival in Hickory Nut Canyon prayed for the Lord to trigger the mountain to shake and tremble in order to call the sinners to repent which it began to do so on the next day, continuing and off for 6<img src="https://ashevilleinsurancenearme.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/sparta-earthquake-far-from-first-to-hit-the-region-mount-airy-news-3.jpg" alt="
The Woodroffe family, originally from Kent, England, moved first to Virginia and then to North Carolina where they eventually maintained residences in both Greensboro and Mount Airy. Mary Ann Gibb Woodroffe, matriarch of the family, gave birth to eight children who were all seemingly devoted to her even though several became part of the Westward expansion to Texas, Oklahoma, and California. A letter from Frank and Clara to her is preserved in the archives of the Mount Airy Museum of History which details their narrow escape from the famous earthquake and fire in San Francisco. She is pictured here about 1905.
months. I can’t vouch for magnificent intervention but it is a historic reality that Old Bald Mountain in Rutherford County rumbled and shook from February through June 1874. The sparsely inhabited region drew nationwide attention as documents from Vermont to California questioned if”North Carolina … has been captivating a volcano unawares.”Some residents believed it was completion of the world presuming as to turn their livestock loose so they might look after themselves. Today the ridge is called Rumbling Bald Mountain. The Woodroffe household, initially from Kent, England, moved first to Virginia and then to North Carolina where they eventually maintained homes in both Greensboro and Mount Airy. Mary Ann Gibb Woodroffe, matriarch of the family, brought to life eight kids who were all relatively devoted to her although a number of became part of the Westward expansion to Texas, Oklahoma, and California. A letter from Frank and Clara to her is protected in the archives of the Mount Airy Museum of History which information their narrow escape from the popular earthquake and fire in San Francisco. She is envisioned here about 1905. ” On Wed night of last week another earthquake shock was perceptibly felt at Winston, Salem, Kernersville, and Mt. Airy, “reported the Yadkin Valley News on Sept. 25, 1886, practically a full month after the disastrous quake hit Charleston August 31.”A dispatch from Charleston of the 16th says that three unique shocks were felt because city on the same day. “That event, approximated to have been a 6.9-7.7 magnitude earthquake, remains the greatest earthquake in the Southeast in historic times. A few of the city’s famous architectural landmarks are
revealed on postcards from the museum’s collection. Can you stand to see one more aspect of earthquakes this week? “Oh, such reports as have pertained to [us] to day from San Francisco! If all had gone as we intended I would have been caught [there] but I was ill and didn’t begin [
on time] and now I have everything to be glad for.”So Clara”Carrie”Woodroffe Pryor composed to her mom, MaryAnn Woodroffe, in a letter dated April 19, 1906, the day after approximated 7.9 earthquake desolated the Golden Gate City. Frank Woodroffe, one of her five siblings, was going to from Mount Airy. He was to escort her to check out a doctor in San Jose. They ‘d prepared to stop to check out buddies on the way, good friends who preserved an accommodations home in San Francisco.” You will see it all in the papers,”she continued.”Fire is sweeping the city and has actually ruined a number of [neighborhoods] Her good friends were among the 3,000 dead, their lodging house damaged.
Earthquakes have actually long been a source of fascination and primal fear for people. Legends of the earth swallowing whole towns are the stuff of nightmares. While America has actually never lost a city, the New Madrid seismic event which started in December 1811 and continued till March 1812 altered the course of the mighty Mississippi. It was a series of earthquakes, the greatest of which happened on Feb. 7 and is thought to have actually been equivalent to an 8.4 magnitude quake based upon the damage and distances it was felt. That would make it the greatest such event on the North American continent understood in modern times. The ground movement called church bells in Boston, created new lakes and waterfalls in the Mississippi River, and triggered it to flow backwards for a while.
North Carolina has actually had couple of considerable seismic occasions. Earthquakes normally take place along geological fault, edges of the plates of the earth’s crust. These plates remain in consistent sluggish motion but sometimes get stuck against each other. When the force of the moving plate ends up being excessive, the plates shift loose of each other in unexpected, occasionally violent methods causing waves of movement to take a trip through the earth and rock.
We are not on the edge of any plates and have no active faults so, in theory, there must be no earthquakes. And yet there have actually been as many as 80 events recorded considering that colonial times. Geologists are still working to figure that out.
Most tremors felt in here are between 2 and 3 on the Richter scale. A couple of, like last week’s 5.1 in Sparta and the 1916 Skyland quake near Asheville approximated to have actually been a 5.2, are more powerful but hardly ever do more than pop some bricks out of chimneys, knock a couple of folks off their feet, and send fractures down masonry walls.
Because Surry County sits so near the Virginia border, folks in this area have actually felt the impacts of tremors from that state in addition to the Tar Heel State as held true in March 1879 when a “heavy lumbering sound and the shuddering of the earth” caused some enjoyment. The same once again in February of 1885 when a quake centered near Wytheville, Virginia, woke those in the western part of the county up at 7 a.m.
On Sept. 25, 1886, one of the earliest copies of newspapers that still exists from Surry County, the Yadkin Valley News reported on the tremendous shaking of Charleston, South Carolina.
Not to be outshined, Rumbling Bald Mountain, mostly quiet given that her six-month activity in 1874, had experienced an earthquake in the winter of 1886. Now, 9 months later on, a series of “huge cracks have actually appeared” on the side of the mountain. This triggered issue that the mountain, which numerous idea may be hollow, “will definitely fall or sink in” on itself.
The Yadkin Valley News, Mount Airy News, and Elkin Times report a development of North Carolina quakes through the years; Edgecombe County, October 1895; Person County, February 1896; numerous in May 1897 in Surry and surrounding counties.
“A violent shock of earthquake was felt here Monday afternoon about 2,” reported the Elkin Times in 1897. “The shock was preceded by a low rumbling sound like distant thunder. Individuals were frightened rather and were fearful of a repeating of the unforgettable night of August 31, 1886 [the date of the Charleston quake] Some think the shock was as heavy here Monday as it was on that night.” They go on to explain doors knocking, windows rattling, and items being shaken off racks.
That would have been the Angels Rest quake in Giles County, Virginia, north of Wythe, that harmed numerous houses and derailed a freight train.
Tremors are reported in Surry in 1959, a number of in the ’60s, and another in 2003. One a few years ago split concrete in the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History however didn’t do any real damage.
So it seems the shaking will continue and off and we’ll continue to talk about the ones that came prior to all the while being pleased they are no stronger than they are.
Kate Rauhauser-Smith is the visitor services supervisor for the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History with 22 years in journalism prior to signing up with the museum personnel. She and her household transferred to Mount Airy in 2005 from Pennsylvania where she was likewise included with museums and history trips. She can be reached at KRSmith@NorthCarolinaMuseum.org or by calling 336-786-4478 x228