Gallatin, TN Tornado, Mar 1890


A number of Lives Lost and Vast Amount of Property Destroyed.

Gallatin, Tenn., March 29.----The worst storm that ever visited this section passed over this city Thursday night. Two miles from Gallatin houses were blown down. The brick residence of John Hibbett was completely blown away The walls fell in and killed an 18-month old baby of John Hibbett, also a boy, 12 years old, son of Palo Langford. Hibbett is dying and his wife is horribly mangled.

Across the pike from Hibbitt's, William Patterson's residence was blown down, injuring five. Residences were completely wrecked and large trees were uprooted and carried some distance. The town is nearly wild. James Patterson' s house was unroofed, and Mr. Patterson and three ladies were in one room when the roof fell in.

The storm was only of short duration and passed over about 10 o'clock. All the dead and wounded are being moved to the residence of Mrs. Van Allen, about one mile from town.

The worst features of the cyclone have not been reported. After sweeping up Roganna the storm king began its dreadful march. It took a northeast course, and for twenty-five miles carried everything in front of it. All houses beyond Bledsoe up to Enlia, Macon county, have been blown into atoms. Fully one hundred people are crippled in that section and are under the care of doctors. Men, women and children are in a terrible condition in that section. All kinds of rumors are afloat. Communication by telephone is cut off.

J. W. Whitesides, of Bledsoe, arrived here last night and says everything is a barren waste. Several people are killed but could not learn names. The march of the cyclone was about fifteen miles northeast of Bledsoe. Many people were horribly mangled at Roganna and the town is entirely swept away, only one house remaining. Beds, furniture, groceries, barns, farm implements were taken up and hurled in the Bledsoe creek. Gallatin is as quiet as death and the storm is all that is talked about.

Hundreds of people went out to visit the ruins yesterday in the Hibbett and Patterson neighborhood, where the greatest loss of life occurred. Postmaster Wood, who had his little daughter killed at Roganana, is also dangerously hurt. Net Turner's residence is a complete wreck. Miss Alice Turner and Erskine Turner, are both dangerously crushed, and it is reported here that neither will survive.

It would be impossible to give a complete list of the injured.
Those that were killed were: JOHN HIBBETT and his little baby; IRENE LANGFORD, the daughter of Palo Langford; the Postmaster Wood's at Roganna, and MRS. TATUM, living at L. A. Green's. Those that are so badly injured that fears are entertained that they cannot recover are: Miss Alice Turner, Erneskine Turner, young son of John Hibbett, deceased and a young son of William C. Patterson

Newark Daily Advocate, Newark, OH 29 Mar 1890



Hundreds of People Wounded, Without Food, Shelter or Raiment.

Gallatin, Tenn., March 31.--- The news of the terrible storm of Thursday night is slow to obtain and it is yet impossible to give a full list of the dead and injured. It is known that every house and building between Bledsoe and Eulla in the path of the storm are blown away and hundreds of people are injured and without food or shelter. It is reported that the whole town of Dixon Springs, in Smith County, thirty-five miles distant, was swept out of existence by the angry cyclone. Wire communication is interrupted. Those injured by the storm near Gallatin are doing well and all will probably recover.

Business in Gallatin is temporarily suspended while the people discuss the fearful disaster. In the path of the storm are to be found horse, and cattle lying upon the ground in great numbers killed. The Chesapeake and Nashville road suffers greatly. In two places about 600 feet of high trestle-work was destroyed, and two 300-ton iron bridges were blown from their pillars. They were broken and twisted into thousands of pieces, and are a total loss. A mile of track was torn up by the cyclone. The loss of stock and other property in this district is estimated at $2,000,000.

Many people are in need of food and clothing, and this will be supplied as rapidly as possible. Near Gallatin, Erskins Turner, Miss Alice Turner, Postmaster Woods, Mrs. Woods, Capt. Day, John Patterson, John Hibbett, Jeff. McCamie, Jesse Branham, James Patterson, Mrs. Anna Patterson, Miss Kate Day and Mat. Henson's three children, who were injured, are reported out of danger.

A man claiming to have come from east of Glasgow, Ky., reached Gallatin yesterday. He came through the country, and said the storm extended in that direction, and that there were thirty persons killed several miles east of that place. Communication is still cut off, and the report has not been substantiated.

Newark Daily Advocate, Newark, OH 31 Mar 1890