Eufaula, AL Tornado and Flood, Mar 1897
A dispatch from Eufaula, Ala., says that city was central in a section which was swept by a tornado Monday, in which death and disaster have played a dreadful part. For several days there has been summer mildness all through southwest Georgia and southeast Alabama. The country is tributary to the Chattahoochee river. The thermometer went up Sunday to 80 and the air was oppressive. Monday morning leaden skies and increasing wind pressure preceded a tornado, which swept along with terrific force. Shutters and roofs gave way and for two hours there was terror and desolation, when the tornado passed off to the northwest, coursing along the Chattahoochee valley.
A second disaster, that of floods, is now upon the country. The rivers and creeks are swelling with the rainfall, which almost resembled a cloudburst in its copiousness. On both sides of the Chattahoochee, south of Eufaula, the fields are overflowed. Cabins and stock have been swept away and all the winter's work has been destroyed. News was received Monday night of the drowning of a family of eight persons on the Alabama side of the river in Henry county. Richard Manson, with his wife and six children, lived in a cabin on the river bank at the crossing of the Central railroad from Columbia. The waters rushed in and before they could extricate themselves all were lost.
Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 24 Mar 1897