February 4, 1870
RUSSELL COUNTY, VA. Jan. 26th, 1870.
Editors Abingdon Virginian:
Since my last, we had a terrific storm passing through our county, which did much damage, especially in felling timber and in leveling fences to the ground, and in some instances unroofing Smoke Houses and Stables. And it is my painful duty to communicate a most melancholy occurence caused by the storm. - Mr. John Henry Hess, an estimable citizen of our county, was in the woods cutting firewood, in company with some others, near Mr. Jesse Vermillion's, in the eastern part of the county, and when the storm came up, it appered so horrifying that the party concluded they would make their way for the house, but before proceeding far, a limb fell from a tree and struck Mr. Hess on his right breast, and tore it open so as to expose his lungs. He was carried to the house of Mr. Vermillion, where he had the kindest attention, and the best medical skill procured, which could be had, but inflamation took place, and he breathed his last on Saturday night at 7 o'clock. The deceased had been for several years, an exemplary and consistent member of the Baptist Church, and fell in the triump of a living faith, in the prime of life, and left behind him, a wife and three interesting little children to mourn their loss.