DeKalb County, AL Tornado, May 1893


It Brings Much Destruction, But So Far as Known, No Deaths.

Gadsden, Ala., June 1.-(Special.)-News reached here today of a destructive cyclone that struck between Chumby and Collinsvlle, DeKalb county, in Big Will's valley.

The cyclone came sweeping down from Sand mountain with a deafening roar and first struck the house of JOHN LYNCH, almost totally destroying it, blocking the public road with trees and other debris, levelling his fine orchard to the ground and wounding several of his family. The cyclone next struck the house of JOHN CRUMP, colored, completely demolishing it and blowing the inmates all over the farm.

CRUMP's wife was pinioned to the ground by heavy timbers and when rescued was nearer dead than alive and death will possibly ensue. A negro lad was terribly cut by flying timbers on the head and chest and will die.

The cyclone then went in a northeasterly direction through Little Will's valley on up Lookout mountain, doing great damage to vacant houses, destroying growing crops and levelling forests. The path cut by the cyclone was 200 yards wide and the damage will reach several thousand dollars. No deaths have yet been reported, but one or two will likely die. The people were terror stricken and many woman and children have not yet recovered from their fright.

The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA 2 Jun 1893



An Unfortunate DeKalb County Farmer Whose Children Want Clothing.

When the recent tornado passed over DeKalb county it carried with it destruction to at least one of the most worthy farmers in that section of the state. The farmer in question is a confederate soldier, who served the south with credit during the war. His name is WEAVER. When the tornado came his home and farm were completely destroyed, and he, through no fault of his own, was left high and dry on the shores of adversity. His neighbors have been very generous in helping him out of his troubles, but there are some matters in which they were unable to aid him. He has three children, a girl of eight, a boy of five and an infant six months old. These children are sorely in need of clothes and some of the charitably disposed ladies of Atlanta have asked The Constitution to make this appeal for them. Any one having children of the same age, and can spare a little clothing, is requested to send it to MRS. EDWARD HYDE, at No. 106 Wheat street, between Courtland and Piedmont avenues, who will see that it is properly distributed.

The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA 11 Jun 1893