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The News
Cartersville, Georgia
March 27, 1901, Page 1
 
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TWENTY-FIVE LIVES LOST
In Terrific Cyclone Which Sweeps Over State of Alabama.
FATALITIES AT IRONDALE
In Birmingham and Vicinity the Destruction of Property and Loss of Life Was Greatest, Though Neighboring Towns Were Visited and Suffered Severely.

Birmingham, Ala., March 25.—A terrific wind and rainstorm passed over Birmingham and vicinity about 10 o’clock this morning, doing much damage, the extent of which is not yet known owing to the demoralized condition of telephone and telegraph wires.  A large number of houses are reported to have been blown down in the southwestern section of the city, and one report says that 1,000 persons have been hurt.   The entire police force, fire department and all the ambulances in the city, together with scores of surgeons, have been summoned to the scene.

The same storm swept over Irondale, 7 miles east of here, and it is said practically destroyed the business part of the town.  Seven men are reported killed there and many injured.  Pratt city also suffered, the public school building being unroofed and the First Methodist church having its steeple blown off.  Many negro cabins were wrecked and a number of people hurt.  North Birmingham and other suburbs also suffered.  The wind blew a fearful gale and rain fell in enormous sheets and is still raining.  It is feared that when full reports come in the damage will be shown to have been very heavy.

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Birmingham, Ala., March 25 –The cyclone which swept over Jones’ valley, in which Birmingham is located, between 9 and 10 o’clock this morning, resulted in immense damage to property and great loss of life.

The number of dead is not definitely known, but at 12:30 o’clock it was estimated at 25.  Of these at least seven were killed at Irondale, about 15 in the city of Birmingham, and the others in suburban towns.

Among the known dead are the following:
Dr. G. C. Chapman, a prominent physician of this city, killed by falling debris in Mentor’s store, on South Twentieth street.
Mrs. Robert J. Lowe, wife of the chairman of the state Democratic committee, and her infant son, killed at their residence on South Highlands.
J. Alexander, merchant, killed in his store at Avenue J and Twenty-fourth street.
W. P. Dickerson, a bookkeeper, killed in Mentor’s store on South Twentieth street.
Three year old daughter of B. B. Hudson, merchant.

The following negroes were killed:
Lizzie Glenn
Carrie Henry
Lizzie Goodloe
Carrie Hudson
Maggie Blevins
J. M. Yero
Fannie Steadmire
Negro cook for B. B. Hudson, all killed outright.

Among the fatally injured are:
Mrs. R. H. Thomas and Mrs. W. H. Thomas, wife and mother of a prominent real estate agent.

The storm did its worst damage in the neighborhood of Avenues I and J from Tenth to Thirteenth streets, wrecking scores of buildings and creating terrible havoc.

The entire fire and police departments turned out to render aid, and at this hour are still engaged in taking the dead and injured from the debris and sending them to undertaking shops and hospitals.

At Pratt City many buildings were destroyed and a number of people were more or less injured.

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The colored people’s burial association have plans and are ready to commence the erection of a two story frame building near Mr. Kilpatrick’s store for a lodge room and store purposes.

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Mrs. James B. Conyers left on the early train yesterday morning for Madison, Ga., to be at a family re-union and take dinner with her mother, Mrs. M. K. Newton, on her 76th birthday.  She arrived there about 11 o’clock and leaving about 5 reached home last evening at 10 o’clock.  When it is remembered that the entire distance traveled is 276 miles it scores quite a record for the good lady.

 

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