Portersville, AL Hurricane, Oct 1893

Reports from Portersville, the popular summer resort south of Mobile, are to the effect that the town has suffered terrible destruction entailing a possible loss of $50,000 or over. From Joshua Clemmons, who came up to the city, it is learned that the Booth canning factory has been destroyed, the general merchandise store of Charles Graham blown away and stock destroyed.

Mr. D. Bosange, of Portersville, reports tonight the following additional losses at Portersville and other points: The residence of Mr. Frank P. Andrews was badly damaged; Portersville public hall was torn to pieces; the sloop Bride went ashore in Jerry Hawland’s field and the Matilda is ashore, but not damaged; Gulf Coast Oyster Company’s plant is gone; L. H. Faith’s residence is a total wreck; the Bayview hotel, Mrs. J. M. Nolan, of Meridian, Miss., proprietress, Charles Graham’s, Mayor F. S. Parker’s residences are badly damaged; Jerry Howard’s residence is totally demolished except the main building and one cottage; Thomas Forbes’s residence is badly damages. No pecan trees are left and all the orange trees are uprooted. John Palston’s residence was badly damaged and the sloop, Irene, is jammed under the flooring. Residences of S. T. Webster, Mrs. N. S. B. Alexander and William Clarke, damaged slightly. James Crenshaw lost everything except his main building at St. Julians. Terrapin farms, out of 5,000, 4,000 were swept away. The sloop, Ella Forbes, was washed into Smees’s field. At Grant’s pass three buildings were swept away. At little river, J. M. McLean lost a cottage and terrapin farm. All the bridges in the above section are gone except the Bay and LeBartre bridge.

Eighteen market gardeners and their families living in the marshes lost everything except the clothes on their backs and are in destitute circumstances. Reports received here are to the effect that thirty lives were lost at Ship island and 100 in Biloxi and vicinity. The latest report received from the towns and communities along the eastern and western shores of Mobile bay are to the effect that the damage wrought by the tornado was terrible. The western shore was exposed to the full fury of the waves and wind and the whole communities were wiped out, the inhabitants being about all that is left.

The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA 6 Oct 1893