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Various Towns, AL, GA, SC Tornadoes, Feb 1884




Macon, Ga., February 20. -- This city was visited yesterday afternoon by a tremendous storm. There are rumors of death and destruction in surrounding counties. A special Atlanta telegram reports fifty killed north of that city. A special from Columbus reports several killed and wounded.

Birmingham, Ala., February 20. -- A cyclone swept through Cohaba valley yesterday noon. It is reported thirteen were injured in one community.
At Leeds the cyclone swept away the section house of the railroad, killing three negroes. An old white couple named BASS were seriously injured. Three miles south of Leeds the house of JOHN POOLE was blown away and a son, daughter and child of the tenant instantly killed. POOLE, his wife and four children were badly injured. The residence and premises of DR. W. F. WRIGHT, a railway contractor, were demolished. The body of DR. WRIGHT'S mother was found one hundred yards from the house fearfully mangled. ANNIE, JENNIE, THOMAS, JAMES and EDWARD, children of DR. WRIGHT, have arms or legs broken. HARRIET McGREW, a cook, was killed.
Of twenty-four cows, two wagons and three horses ono the place nothing remained but the carcasses of the horses. The house of a man named KERR took fire and was blown away, and MRS. KERR was fatally hurt. The railway for several miles was strewn with debris.

Augusta, Ga., February 20. -- Yesterday's storm was the severest since the cyclone of 1875. In Hancock county the storm overturned outhouses and unroofed houses. The stables of DAVID DICKSON were destroyed by lightning.
In Columbia county the barn and stables of IKE V. BALLARD were blown down and three horses killed.
At Harlem, besides other damages, the plantation of GEORGE GRAVES was ruined and houses demolished. On the plantation of D. REESE, a negro was killed, and MRS. V. M. MADE, wife of the overseer, seriously wounded. The gin-house of JOHN A. FAWCETT was demolished.
The town of Bradley, S.C., was nearly blown away. The residence of DR. LIGNON was blown down and his wife badly injured.
At Ninety-Six, S.C., a house was wrecked and a child killed. The residence of W. H. SLATWORTH, in Edgefield county, was blown down, the ruins taking fire and his little daughter perished.
The dwelling house of J. C. RANKINSON and store of J. S. BOYD, at Jackson, S.C., were blown down and three negroes killed.
The town of Millen was nearly destroyed. Trains are stopped, telegraph wires are down and the mails are irregular.

The Fort Wayne Daily Gazette Indiana 1884-02-21

article | by Dr. Radut