The great avalanche of clay, which slid
from the west side of Mount Ida, about seven o'clock,
on Sunday evening, January 1st, 1837, was a most calamitous
occurrence. Two stables, containing twenty-two horses,
and three dwellings, in which were seven persons, were
crushed and buried beneath the weighty material, which
was carried the distance of 500 feet westwardly, covering
many acres of land at the eastern end of Washington Street.
From the shattered dwelling of John Grace,
his body and that of his wife were exhumed, and also the
little son of the death father and mother, "very
little hurt, bare-footed and bareheaded." Two boys,
one four and the other eight years old, children of Mrs.
Leavensworth, were shockingly crushed, while the mother
and another of her children were extricated from the debris
of their wrecked home, greatly bruised. Of the twenty-two
horses, only six escaped death. The dislodged clay was
used to heighten the level of the low part of the city
along the line of Washington Street.