Date: October 20, 1870
Location: Montreal to Quebec, Canada
Milwaukee Sentinel, Friday, October 21, 1870.
"City Matters" THE EARTHQUAKE. The Shock felt in this City. The Walls of the Pomeroy School Shaken - Consternation of the Scholars.
The reverberations of the earthquake noticed in our telegraphic news of this morning, were felt in this city at a quarter to eleven yesterday forenoon. The principal of the Pomeroy school (SE corner of Jackson and Chicago Streets) informs us that the building fairly trembled and that the scholars in his department rose from their seats in consternation. The blackboard on the south wall was cracked, and other evidence are not wanting in the walls and ceiling of the school. All through the lower section of the city, unmistakable evidence of the earthquake presented themselves.
On the beach, near Erie street, the sashes of the windows beat audibly to the reverberations, and in one of the shanties on the shore, plates were shaken from their position in the cupboard.
School Commissioner Rooney felt the shock in his place of business on East Water (today's N. Water Street) Street a few doors below Detroit, and we learn from a reliable source that residents in the lower portion of the Southside rushed from their dwellings in fear of their insecurity.
Milwaukee Sentinel, Saturday, October 22, 1870, p. 4, col. 1.
More About the Earthquake.
The stroke of earthquake, of which mention was made yesterday morning, was felt in other localities than those referred to in the account given of the matter. At the residence of Mrs. Magee, a three story brick building of two tenements, near the corner of Cass and Wisconsin Streets, the oscillation was so considerable as to set the rocking chairs in the sitting room in motion, and to agitate violently the water in an aquarium. It gave Mrs. Magee a sickening sensation from which she did not recover during the entire afternoon.
In the adjoining tenement, which was occupied by a Mrs. Bower, the movement was so marked as to make the gas chandeliers rattle and to frighten the occupants of the house not a little.
Moritz Schoeffler, Esq., editor and publisher of the daily Banner, informed us that a remarkable tremor was felt at his residence, on Market street, by Mrs. Schoeffler and the family.
On the South side, several brick blocks show unmistakable evidences of the shock, and the employees of Union Elevator (perhaps south of the old Union Station on 2nd and Clyborn) were in great consternation, on account of a gentle vibratory motion of that mammoth building.
Word has also reached us of notice of an unaccountable tremor of the earth and buildings at Bay View and the surrounding country.