Rome, GA Tornado, Apr 1921

It tore tin off the city stables on West First, between Fifth and Sixth avenues. Lawrence Wilson, Boy Scout, son of Sheriff Robt. E. Wilson, was sitting in his father's apartments at the Floyd county jail at that point and was slamming down a window when tin or timber crashed into the window pane and cut his left arm in several places. He was attended by Dr. J. Turner McCall.

After laying low a lot of trees on West First street, as told above, the tornado swept toward Eighth avenue, to the home of Louis A. Dempsey, at 713, where a tree was uprooted and two rooms of the house damaged. Five large trees in the Robt. W. Graves yard, 110 Eighth avenue, were blown down, and Robt. W. Graves, Jr., amateur weather prognosticator. lost a rain gauge. A corn crib and mule barn of the Graves-Harper Co. at West Second street and Eighth avenue were demolished. A large tree blew down between the home of Wm. E. Fuller, 104 West Eighth avenue, and that of A. S. Burney.

Thence the wind blew through North Rome. Will Akridge, who owns a place about two miles north of North Rome, phoned The News that the tornado hit one of his tenant houses, occupied by Alvin Gilliam, and that the five small Gilliam children narrowly escaped death. Some were free, others caught under flying timbers and none hurt beyond a bad shaking up. They were gathered up and taken to the home of a neighbor nearby. Mrs. Henry Gilliam was hit in the head by a flying timber and painfully hurt. She was attended by Dr. Henry A. Turner, of Rome. A baby three months old was uninjured.

On Jim Stewart's place on the road leading over to the Oostanaula river, continued Mr. Akridge, the one-story frame cottage occupied by W. H. Sims, had only two rooms left after the twister had passed. The front and back porches, kitchen and two chimneys were blown away. It seemed like .a thousand trees had been blown down, he said.

While Mr. Akridge was talking, a flash of lightning hit the telephone wire. "Did you see that lightning?" he asked."Let's get away from here!"

The tornado was traced westward below Rome to a point on the Coosa river between Black's Bluff and Mt. Alto. It skipped across the valley land northwest.

Two or three cases were reported in which men were caught in the tornado and lifted off the ground or blown some distance. They all landed on their feet and used them.

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