Tornados in Baldwin County

March 1875

March 20, 1875 a tornado came through middle Ga starting in Lee County Alabama and ending in Edgefield County, S.C. Numerous lives were lost and the injuries were many. In Baldwin County 9 people were killed, 60 wounded, 94 houses blown down, and $50,000 worth of property damage was done.
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Below are articles from the Augusta newspaper and Atlanta newspapers about Baldwin County. The list of the dead were taken from the Augusta paper and The Union-Recorder.

March 23, 1875
Union and Recorder
TERRIFIC TORNADO, Great Destruction of Life and Property
  About 1 o'clock P.M., Saturday last, dark clouds hung over the city, threatening a storm of unusual violence. A rumbling, roaring noise, and a shaking of houses, warned our citizens of the approach of something terrible. Terrified people rushed into the streets and beheld a sight new and startling. To the west of the city a whirlwind, which looked like the huge smoke-stack of a locomotive, from which issued black smoke, spreading out and upward to the sky, seemed to be approaching the city rapidly, carrying death and destruction in its march.
  It was a moment when man felt his utter helplessness and insignificance.
  The hand of a merciful God guided the whirlwind away from the city else the sad story we tell had been sadder still.
  From our point of observation the whirlwind seemed to come from the northwest till it passed south of the town when a sudden current changed its course and it came back, now traveling in a North-east course and toward the southern part of the city. Steadily and rapidly it comes taking up trees and fences, a house is in its path; quick as thought the house is licked up by the awful monster, another and another, to the number of seven or eight disappear, and the Storm-King has driven past our city and across the river.
  The first house destroyed in our sight was the home recently purchased by Mr. E. P. Lane from Mrs. Bayne, and well known as the Luther Lane house. It was utterly and completely destroyed. It was scattered hundreds of yards, and portions of it carried entirely away.
  The residence of our aged friend Mr. Tommie Johnson was destroyed. Mrs. Johnson was horribly mangled and survived only a few hours. Mr. Johnson also received injuries which are not considered serious.
  The house of Dick Gause, a colored man in the immediate vicinity, was a complete wreck, and he was killed outright, - a portin of his skull being entirely gone, which was afterwards found half a mile off, and brought to the Church on yesterday when the funeral was progressing. His wife and child escaped while his mother was severely wounded. The other houses were occupied by colored people, several of whom were more or less hurt while others made wonderful escapes.
  The roof of Judge D. R. Tucker's house was injured and out houses on the premises of Capt. T. H. Latimer and Mrs. E. D. Brown were blown down.
  On our way to the scene of disaster we met two colored men-bleeding and showing evidences of rough treatment-who had been caught on the road with a pair of Col. Johnson's fine horses in a wagon. They stated that the wagon was blown to pieces, and the horses badly hurt.
  We have now spoken of what cam under our observation. We learn the house of Allen Brogsdale (col'd) at Midway was blown down and several members of his family injured. And strange to say a bale of cotton with iron ties, blown away from this house, was picked to pieces by the wind and scattered broadcast through the country.
  At the plantation of R. R. Brown 9 miles from town, houses and fences completely ruined, and Mr. Brown severely injured. At this place two negro women were killed, an infant carried away in the cyclone, and nearly all the negroes (about 17 on the place) more or less hurt.
  At Rob't Harper's plantation things are badly torn to pieces, houses blown away (except gin house) and one child killed and several negroes wounded, some of them severely-two women with thighs broken.
  At Jack Hall's houses blown down - no one seriously hurt.
   James M. Martin's - houses destroyed, family buried in the debris, but escaped unhurt, one negro child killed.
   Wm. Harper's plantation west of Oglethorpe College, fencing and buildings badly damaged.
  East of Milledgeville, we learn that six or seven houses on the plantation of the late R. A. McComb, were blown down, and several persons hurt. Among them is Mrs. Horton, who is seriously wounded.
  Ed Vinson - fencing gone.
  Mrs. Oxford's house was blown down, and everything in it destroyed - herself and son and daughter unhurt.
   Thos. J. Hall - stable, crib and fencing gone. Mr. Hall and Mr. Lavender went out to  look at the torm and were caught in the whirlwind and thumped about on the ground and badly bruised.
    P. M. Ennis - fencing gone, gin house and screw injured.
    Miss Berry, daughter of Fitz Berry of Hancock county, was killed near Culverton-she was visiting at the house of Mrs. Bass, who with her child was also killed.
  Mr. W S. Scott, Coroner, informs us he held inquest over the bodies of the following persons of color killed by the tornado, on Saturday: Richard Gause, Georgia Ann Lewis, Laura Wright, John Collier, Thomas Lester, (all colored.) No inquest, were held where the persons came under the treatment of physicians and afterwards died.
 
 

Daily Chronicle and Sentinel
March 23, 1875
The Storm in Milledgeville
(Macon Telegraph and Messenger)

      " From passengers who arrived from Milledgeville, by the Central train, we gather a few particulars of the damage done in that vicinity. The storm seems to have been of the most fearful description. It passed along the suburbs of the city, traveling a little north of east. The cloud is represented to have resembled an hour-glass in shape, was in vertical position, and as luminous as blazing fire. In fact, it so closely resembled fire that all the alarm bells in the city were rung and the people turned out, thinking that there was a fire. The storm occurred in the afternoon, and up to the time of the departure of the train news had been received of the destruction of fifteen houses; but we were unable to obtain a full list of them. The residence of Mr. Martin, near Milledgeville, a new building, was blown away, and one of his children and a colored child were also killed. The fine residence of Judge Hunter, between Milledgeville and Midway, was unroofed. The carriage house and stables of Mr. T.H. Latimer were destroyed. A bale of cotton which had been packed was blown to pieces. The ties were broken and the cotton scattered about through the trees. The storm struck a team that was passing from the Asylum to Milledgeville. The wagon was blown away, the harness blown off the horses and the horses severely mangled."

Daily Chronicle and Sentinel
March 24, 1875
In Baldwin County
MILLEDGEVILLE, March 20, 3:10 p.m.

         "At 1:15 o'clock to-day a terrible whirlwind passed through the southern suburbs of the city, extending across the corporation line and embracing an area of about 300 yards in width in its passage. It twisted homes and trees, and everything in its course from the face of the earth, then dashing them with fury to the right and left, or carrying them for hundreds of yards directly up, almost into the very clouds it seemed, then dashing them away out from the circle of its influence, the ponderous trees came crashing to the earth. Our reporter only had time to make an hasty exploration. Just south of the creek bridge and just within the city limits, a colored man about 21 years of age (an intelligent and bright mulatto) Richard Gouder, was instantly killed. More than half of his head is gone; no one knows how or where- mashed off we suppose and blown away.  Mrs. Thomas Johnson, a white lady of about 40, is so badly hurt that she will probably die. Quite a number in the same locality are injured more or less, though we cannot now go into particulars. Houses without number are demolished, as in every other species of property in the track of the cyclone.- Trees, houses and wagons were carried for hundreds of yards through the air and wherever the wind passed through woods it has cut a fearful road.
  The writer, with many others, was attracted by the roaring noise, which sounded like the "rushing of many waters," and mounting a house watched the whirlwind as it approached through a tremendous forest. It was terribly grand to see the tremendous pines and massive oaks twisted off and hurled hither and thither as if they were but straws. The whirlwind seemed at first to come from the west, but upon approaching town made a bow, passing just south of the city and crossing the river not far below the mouth of Fishing creek. About an hour after the storm, hail as large as a guinea egg fell with great rapidity for about two minutes. Nothing like the occurrences of this day has ever been witnessed in this section. Seven are wounded on the McComb estate, and every house but one, on the place, in ruins. The doctors are being sent for from all over the country. Two
 are reported killed on Mr. Jus. Martin's place and every house in ruins. Others are probably injured on the place. Two are reported killed on the road between town and the Lunatic Asylum. Others are so badly wounded that they will probably die.
     11 o'clock, P.M. - The news that we continue to gather from the track of the great cyclone is even more distressing than was first anticipated. The great whirlwind seems to have been violent on both sides of the river, through by the time it reached the east bank thereof it had evidently lost much of its fury. We have information from as far west as Haddock's Station, on the Macon and Augusta Railroad. The cyclone crossed the road from the north side, near Haddock's taking Dr. Hardeman's place in it's track. Here several houses were blown down, but no one badly injured. On the place of Mr. Richard Brown the destruction is terrible. (line unreadable). Here, also three others were killed- two Negro women and a negro child. One of the former was killed by a falling house an the other was caught up by the wind, carried for some distance to a forest and hurled against a tree. The negro child was probably playing in the yard or in some exposed condition, as it was caught up by the wind and blown away. Nothing has been heard of since, and it is possibly many miles away from the spot where it was picked up by the wind. Found a mile distant, horribly mangled.
      Every house of Mr. Brown's place is destroyed and every person on the place injured. Should be Mr. Brown die (and we see no hope of his recovery), it will make an aggregate of four killed on the farm. On the plantation of Mr. Charlie Harper several are reported killed, among them old Tom Huson (col.), whom many of the white citizens will remember, he having been known to many of them. On the Midway place of Mr. Robert Trippe a negro child was killed. In this locality the wind did great damage. On the east side of the river the damage is also very great. Many plantations are almost completely ruined. Houses, chimneys, fences and forests have been leveled wherever the wind passed. As far as we can learn no one has been killed on the east side of the river, though a Mrs. Stapleton, on the McComb place had her scalp severely lacerated and her life is seriously endangered from concussion to the brain. Many others on both sides of the river are hurt, some seriously and some but slightly. A great deal poultry has been killed and people are gathering it up for food. The loss and damage to property, including the damages consequent upon the loss of fences, will probably amount to $175,000. In one locality between Midway and town eight houses are total wrecks. We have not been able to ascertain any individual house, but think that Mr. Edward Lane, Mrs. Wm. Lane and Mr. Joseph Lane, all belonging to one family, have suffered most. Each of them owned a dwelling, two of which were completely demolished and the other is almost a total wreck.
     The killed and dying are know to be ten in number. The wounded will probably reach forty-five in Baldwin County alone. In crossing the river the wind lifted the water up in a solid mass until it seemed a perfect wall of water. Chas. Johnson, was hauling a load of lumber to town, from Scottsboro, and seeing the danger hastily unhitched the horses.- The wind picked the horses up and dashed them against the ground, injuring them severely. Charles the driver, sustained a painful injury - the wagon and lumber were blown away. A goat on the plantation of Colonel Fair was blown off, as well all the poultry.-- We should have mentioned that all the houses on this place, save one, were destroyed. A shingle near Mr. R.N. Lamar's place was hurled with such fury against an oak tree that its sharp end penetrated the solid wood for one or two inches. Mrs. Lane's house caught fire twice after the blow, but was extinguished.
     The course of the cyclone seems to have been varied. At first it seems to have come from north of west, crossing the Macon and August railroad near Haddock's Station. It then traveled east until getting nearly to town, when it made a bow and passed around the city. It then continued on a eastward course until it had gotten about ten miles beyond the river, when it seems to have taken a northeasterly direction, and in our opinion, recrossed the Macon and Augusta Railroad between Carr's and Devereux's stations. No train on that road up to this writing, nor have we any later news from any directions. All the telegraph lines re down.
SUNDAY, 12:30, a.m.-Two negroes killed at Brown's Crossing and and many others in Jones and the western portion of this county reported killed."

March 30, 1875
Union and Recorder
THE TORNADO. THE DAMAGE IN BALDWIN. Report of Committee.
  We, the undersigned committee appointed by the Grand Jury at the adjourned term of Baldwin Superior Court, to investigate and report the number killed and wounded, and also to ascertain the amount of damage done to the citizens of Baldwin county, and what relief can be given to the sufferers, by the destructive tornado that passed through our county on Saturday the 20th inst., beg leave to make the following report. The committee for the purpose of dispatch divided the tract of country over which the tornado passed into three parts - that portion from the Jones county line to James Martin's, on the road leading from Milledgeville to Macon, was examined by Charles E. Bonner and Chas. R. Harper; that portion from James  Martin's to the Oconee river at Milledgeville was examined by James A. Green and J. N. Moore; from the Oconee river to the Hancock county line was examined by W. H. H. Barnes and Jas. H. Pulley. Below we give a detailed statement, which shows
Number killed......................................9
Number wounded................................60
Number houses blown down..............94
Value of property destroyed.$50,000
Our actual figures, as taken down, foot up less than forty thousand dollars, but the destruction of timber, the delay to farming operations, and other losses, difficult to estimate, will, we are sure, make the total not less that fifty thousand.
  We take pleasure in reporting that sufferers by the storm have received the kindest attention from their neighbors who gave them shelter and supplied their wants, helped them repair fencing, &c. There are several cases of utter destitution, where aid will be necessary for some time. In some cases the committee have supplied immediate wants, and are now going forward in the discharge of the duty imposed by the Grand Jury.
R. R. BROWN.
  Severely wounded in head and shoulder and badly bruised, but doing well. Houses, fences, forest, &c, destroyed. Six houses gone and others badly injured. Loss $2000.
  Freedmen on the place-
  Amariah Morris - Six in family, all hurt, lost everything
  Osborn Goddard - Six in family, one killed and one child carried away in the whirlwind and no trace of it discovered, and balance badly hurt-lost everything.
  John Morris - Four in family, all hurt, some of them badly. Loss, everything.
  Erwin Wright - Two in family, wife killed, lost everything. Loss, everything.
  The wounded received medical attention from Dr. Hardeman.
   Value for property lost by the colored people in clothing, furniture, &c, probably $600.
PICKNEY BROWN'S
Nobody hurt, damage to plantation $500.
WM. ENNIS
Nobody hurt, three houses down and others injured. Damage $1000.
ROBT. H. HARPER'S PLACE.
Fourteen houses destroyed, fodder all gone and good deal of corn, and a large amount of fencing swept away. Loss $4,000.
The freedmen on the place was nearly all wounded and lost all they had. Their condition is as follows:
   Thomas Huson, 4 in family, three ribs broken and other bruises, wife badly bruised, and grandchild badly wounded in head-clothing and furniture entire loss.
  Mark Hutchings, 5 in family, wife killed, daughter four years of age thigh broken; lost all furniture and clothing.
  George Ward, 3 in family, self and wife slightly bruised - loss all clothing and furniture.
  Vine Collier, 8 in family, two children killed, wife badly injured and two children severely wounded - loss furniture and clothing.
  Henry Williams, 3 in family, wife slightly bruised, some loss of clothing and furniture.
  Mingo Davis - 7 in family, self and wife slightly hurt - loss clothing and furniture.
  Henry Veal, 9 in family, self and wife slightly hurt, two children badly hurt, furniture all destroyed and a good deal of clothing.
  John Warren badly hurt.
  Daniel Nelson severely bruised.
  The wounded are receiving medical attention from Dr. Hollingshed. They are all tenants of Mr. Harper -are in a destitute condition and need help. Value of property lost by freedmen probably $1000.
A. J. HALL
  Dwelling house top blown off and three outhouses down, fencing gone. Damage $300.
W. A. CHAMBERS.
   Dwelling and six outhouses down, fodder and a good deal of corn destroyed and fencing swept away-loss of $1,200.
R. W. TRAPP
   Fencing blown down and several hundred acres of fine forest destroyed. Loss between $500 and $1000.
JAMES M. MARTIN'S
   Residence, gin-house, cribs, in fact every house on the place, 15 in all, swept away, and furniture, farming implements, some corn and fodder, fencing, timber, &c. destroyed. Loss $5,000. The white family (six in number) escaped with slight bruises. There were nineteen colored persons on the place - one child was killed and another carried off some distance and dropped in a field, badly bruised. part of Mr. Martin's house and bed-clothing was carried two miles. To show the force of the storm, we may mention that a large piece of granite partly embedded in the ground weighing at least five ton, was  turned over and broke. The accumulation of seventeen years of industry and frugality is swept away in a moment.
  Value of property lost by freemen probably $600.
JUDGE HARRIS' PLACE.
   Considerable damage to fencing and timber,
PETE WILLIAMS (colored)
  Lived on Smith's Mount, wife and one child badly hurt (leg and arm of child broken) and two other children wounded in the head. Furniture, provisions and clothing all gone. Received medical attention from Dr. Hall. Cared for at Williamson's. Destitute.
CAPT. WILLIAMSON.
  Fencing destroyed. Loss $100.
MRS. JUIA SMITH
  Twenty-five or thirty acres valuable timber ruined.
WM. HARPER'S PLANTATION.
  Gin-house, smoke-house, stable and fencing gone. Nobody hurt. Loss $300.
MIDWAY CEMETERY
  The storm passed just north of the Oglethorpe College buildings, and over the Midway Cemetery, destroying trees, shrubbery and grave-enclosues. The tomb of Dr. Talmage was not injured.
ALLEN BRODGSDALE (colored.)
  Three houses and fencing gone. Allen's ankle mashed and his son injured in the head. A bale of cotton was carried away by the wind. Loss $600.
DR. LOCKHART
  Fencing and timber destroyed and some damage to houses. Loss $600.
LATIMER & LAMAR
  Crib, stables and outhouses injured, buggy and carriage broken, trees and fencing blown down. Loss $800.
D. R. TUCKER'S
  The roof and chimney's of Judge Tucker's residence damaged. Loss $500.
MRS. E. D. BROWN
  Two houses on the Trippe place were blown down. They were occupied by colored people. In one family (Nelson Turner's) 5 children, 2 badly hurt, one child both arms broken. Esther Williams who occupied the house near the Double Branches, was dangerously wounded and one of her children seriously injured. These people lost nearly everything. The wounded received attention from the Asylum physicians, and are present sheltered and cared for at the Asylum. Esther Williams is truly an object of charity. Phillis Jordan, also living on this place, lost everything.-Mrs. Brown's loss is about $600.
JOSEPH LANE
  Kitchen injured, fencing destroyed. Lost 200 or $300.
E. P. LANE
  The Luther Lane cottage recently purchased by Mr. Edward Lane, is a complete wreck, and part of it seems to have been carried entirely away. It was unoccupied. Loss $1000.
MRS. EMMA LANE
  Barn and fencing destroyed, and residence and furniture badly injured. Loss $500.
THOMAS TURK
  Fortunately escaped with slight injury to house and fencing.
THOMAS JOHNSON.
  Lost two houses, besides outhouses and fencing. One of the houses was unoccupied. Mrs. Johnson was horribly mangled and survived her injuries only a few hours. Mr. J. also received injuries, but is recovering. Medical attention from Dr. White. Loss of property $700.
DICK GAUSE (colored)
  Was killed outright and his mother injured. His house and furniture is a complete loss. Leaves wife and child destitute. Loss $500.
W & J CARKER
  Lost two houses and fencing. One house occupied by Lige King, colored, whose wife received severe injuries, but is recovering. loss $600.
HARRISON BRIM, colored
   Cabin unroofed and rendered uninhabitable.
M. E. EDWARDS.
  Lost three houses and fencing. One of the houses (on Midway road) was occupied by Fredrick Thweatt, colored, who lost his furniture, &c. Mr. Edwards' loss is about $600.
MESSRS FAIRS'
  Place on the river-kitchen and fencing destroyed, Loss $200.
CAPT JONES' PLANTATION.
  Two houses blown away, also some corn and fodder, and a great deal of fencing and timber destroyed. Loss $1000.
TILMAN JONES
  Two outhouses blown away and fencing and timber damaged. Loss $500.
MRS. VINSON.
  Four or five thousand panels of fencing destroyed, and a considerable amount of timber. Damage $1500.
R. A. MCCOMBS' PLANTATION
  Gin house and six outhouses destroyed and the dwelling house badly damaged, fencing on east and west sides of plantation swept away. Loss $4000.
  The plantation was rented by Mr. Geo. W. Bird, who suffered considerable loss, including 2000 lbs fodder 200 bushes cotton seed, one buggy, clothing, &c. Loss $300.
WILLIS STAPLETON
  Wife badly hurt, and provisions, clothing, furniture, &c destroyed. Loss $250.
W H HORTON
  Provisions, furniture, clothing, &c, all gone, Mrs. Horton badly hurt and her mother severely injured on the head. Seven in family, six wounded. Medical attention from Dr. Hall. Loss $300.-Destitute
E S VINSON
  Two outhouses blown down, fencing and timber destroyed. Loss $500. Henry Williams, colored, on this place lost a fine cow.
E CHANDLER
  Had about two miles of fencing blown down and his place otherwise damaged, Loss $200.
D B SANFORD
Considerable amount of timber destroyed.
MRS ANN OXFORD
  Four houses completely destroyed, and corn, fodder, fencing, provisions, clothing, and furniture, all gone- Three in family -two wounded, Mrs. Oxford badly. Loss $1000. In a destitute condition. Medical attention from Dr. Robson.
BENJ COOK AND S LEONARD
  Some fencing and timber destroyed-Loss $200.
SEABORN LEONARD
Fencing blown away and timber destroyed, Loss $200.
THOS J HALL
   Two outhouses, some corn and fodder, fencing and timber destroyed - loss $700. Mr. Hall and Mr. Lavender severely wounded.
P M ENNIS
   Gin house damaged and injury to fencing, timber &c heavy-loss $1500.

JAS. A. GREEN, J. N. MOORE, C. E. BONNER, C. R. HARPER, W, H. H. BARNES, J. H. PULLEY, Committee.
 

March 30 1875
The Union Recorder
Mayor Herty received from an unknown person in Atlanta a contribution for the sufferers of the storm. Thirteen killed in Baldwin county by the tornado.
 

James Martin's place (west Baldwin), Robert Harper, Charlie Harper's place,  Robert Trippe's place (Midway) Brown's Crossing at Robert R Brown's place every house destroyed, everyone injured (Brown's Crossing), south in city of Milledgeville, McComb place (across river)

List of Victims
1. Mary Johnson
2. Richard Gause (black)
3. George Ann Lewis (black)
4 Laura Wright (black)
5. John Collier (black)
7. Thomas Lester (black)
8 Tom Huson (black) (Charlie Harper's place- Midway)
9. black child at James Martin's place
10. 1 child at Robert Harper's place
11. 1 black woman at R. R. Brown's place
12. 1 black woman at R. R. Brown's place
13. 1 black child blown a mile away  at R.R. Brown's place
Wounded:
7 on McComb estate included Mrs. Stapleton
everyone on R. R. Brown's place at Brown's Crossing
 Mr. Thos. Johnson,  Mrs. Oxford, son and daughter, and 10 or 12 negroes.

A Miss Berry - daughter of Fitz Berry was at Culverton and was killed along with Mrs. Bass and Mrs. Bass's child.

MARCH 1882

April 4, 1882
Union and Recorder
THE CYCLONE. The storm of the 27th ult., struck Baldwin at Mr. Adams' place, near the Pottery. (Damage elsewhere reported.) Mr. A. is in a critical condition from his injuries. Miss Anderson's school house was next struck, and blown into ribbons, but neither teacher nor scholars were seriously hurt. L. B. Stevens' place was next struck. All the buildings were blown down, but no one was injured. Georgia Sanford's, colored, was next visited-buildings not blown down, but fencing and timber injured badly. Mr. Billie Adams had his cribs and stables unroofed, and fodder, &c., blown away. Mr. Hill lost much valuable timber, also Mr. Hall. Mr. Bone had several houses blown down on his place. Stevens' Bros., had a few houses blow down. A colored man was killed in that vicinity. Dr. Gillmore, over the Wilkinson line, suffered some loss. The following damages are reported from Wilkinson county. Mr. Jos. Etheridge had his residence injured and several outhouses blown down. Jos. Nolan lost timber and fencing. Orin Martin lost all the buildings on his place. Wiley Vinson lost some buildings, and his residence was injured. J. S. Pierce lost every building on his place. Mrs Pierce was severely hurt. Iverson Smith lost heavily in fencing and timber. A. Grenade the same. M. Byington and A. McMillan lost heavily in timber and fencing. T. A. Caraker, of this city, lost five buildings, all the fencing on his place and much timber, and corn, fodder and hay, blown away. B. Bales, lots fencing and timber. D. L. Wheeler, lost houses, fencing and timber. Turner Smith lost kitchen and stables, and his dwelling was unroofed-also, fencing and timber. Billie Johns' house was unroofed and lost timber and fencing. Geo. Smith, timber and fencing. Dr. Crawford, timber and fencing. Mrs. Council lost all her buildings, one horse, timber and fencing.  

April 28, 1882
Union and Recorder
Mr. Editor: Please allow me a small space in your valubale paper for a few items from the Pottery;
  While we have been in the line of the two last syclones and suffered no little in loss of property, I am thankful we were spared our lives, as we read of so many who were killed during the last storm. It did awful work at Jack Simms' (col.); blowed his dwelling down and several other houses, and not  a single one of his family was even bruised. It's next destruction was at Mrs. E. N. Gilmore's where it blowed down some six or eight houses and greatly damaged her residence. she was a widow lady and it was a heavy blow on her, but I am glad to state she bore it cheerfully and seem submissive to Him who ruleth on earth.
  Mr. J. I. Etheridge was the next sufferer. Here the storm seemed to cross the tract of the first cyclone, and destroyed every house and fruit tree on his place. He had scarcely finished repairing the damages of the first when the second cyclone came, and he is seemingly ruined. I am glad to say that our kind neighbors have had a free heart and hand in this season of distress. Allow me to thank the generous and kind hearted people of Eatonton, Macon and Milledgeville for the amounts given to help the sufferers in our neighborhood. It is useless to ask what they need as nearly everything they had was blown away or broken up. E.O.

May 1886

May 25, 1886
Union Recorder
THE CYCLONE.   Which visited this county las Tuesday afternoon, crossed the Oconee river near the mouth of Camp creek, and passed on to old Salem, where it struck Mr.  Lawrence Babb's place, destroying his dwelling and damaging his fencing; the next place it struck was Mr. J. J. Simpson's, whose house was also damaged and his fencing blown down. At Harrison Barnes old place, now owned by Perry and Denton and occupied by a negro named Watts, the houses were all swept away. Mr. Ed Vinson was perhaps the greatest sufferer; all the houses on his place were blown down except his residence and that was unroofed. Three colored families living on his place lot, everything. Mr. Lowe Russell, living on Mr. M. A. Barnes place also lost everything. Mr. Cute Jenkins' house was demolished and he was struck by a piece of falling timber and badly hurt. The house occupied by Mr. Benj. Cook was destroyed but the family all escaped unhurt. Mr. Chandler's gin-house was blown down.
  The whole neighborhood turned out Wednesday and assisted the sufferers in putting up fences and repairing dwellings. Rev. T. H. Gibson, Capt. P. T. Ennis and Mr. King Champion, who were appointed a committee for the purpose, called on our citizens last Friday for contributions for the sufferers. The families, whose homes were ruined by the storm, have the sympathy of our citizens, and prompt assistance should be rendered to place them on their feet again.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

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