Southmayed, TX Tornado, May 1893

Damage at Southmayed

SOUTHMAYED, Grayson Co., Tex., May 7. - [To THE NEWS.] - Rain commenced falling about 5 o'clock in the evening. Soon a cloud appeared in the southwest. It veered to the north until it was directly west. Here it seemed to crouch like a lion before leaping on its prey. Then it came with terrific force and barns, warehouses, residences, cars, stores and in fact everything in its path seemed but chaff before the gale.

The two-story residence of J. R. McElroy, just finished, was blown from its foundation, the south end crushed out and a bed standing two inched from the wall was left with covering undisturbed, while a cook stove in the same room below it, had one door blown off with two hinges broken.

The new store of J. Welsh, opened for business on Thursday, is off it foundation and badly twisted.

The Empire grain company of Sherman had just completed a large warehouse which would now do for kindling with very little preparation.

The section-house, a two-story building, is wrecked.

The 1000-ton hay barn of Pittman & Harrison lost the west end, while the hay barn of S. N. Maeyers is covering the adjoinging ten acres.

Two barns 36x60 feet, belonging to the writer, one a stock barn and empty, was unroofed and the other containing hay, oats, corn, saddles, harness, buggy and farming tools are one miscellaneous mass, while the cow barn, wagon-sheds, woodhouse, smokehouse and henhouse are included in the mass. Several other smaller barns and outhouses are scattered promiscuously.

No person was hurt and no loss of life, except one or two hogs belonging to the writer.

The loss will probably amount to $3000. A number of cars standing on the sidetrack were unroofed and started toward Texarkana at a Nancy Hanks gate.

It has rained for four hours this morning with the prospects for rain good the entire day.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 10 May 1893

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