Rome, GA Tornado, Apr 1921
Steps will probably be taken by the city or patriotic organizations to replace the pavilion which was destroyed at the Confederate soldiers' graves in Myrtle Hill cemetery. Workmen started removing nine trees blown down across graves, up-setting several tombstones. The tornado swept across the summit and eastern face of Myrtle Hill and jumped over the Steamer Cherokee, lying moored at the base of the cemetery on the Etowah river. It then hit the lower business district.
The gay destroyer did not spare the abandoned old Seventh avenue cemetery either. It twisted off several large limbs and blew them across graves. One landed on the tomb of George Hamilton, (1833-1854), but did not break the slab.
Between the Seventh avenue cemetery and the Auditorium several houses were damaged. Five medium-sized trees were blown across West Second street north of Seventh avenue.
The Graves-Harper barn near Eighth avenue and West Second was knocked off its concrete rat-proof foundations and thrown down the hill toward Hell's Hollow, and turned upside down. It was a nice wreck.
After blowing down several trees on Eighth avenue the tornado dived into Hell's Hollow. It missed the city water pumping station on Fort Jackson by at least 500 feet and swept over Blossom Hill, inhabited by negroes. Here the main damage was to fruit trees, which was true of other neighborhoods.
Windows in the court house offices of Judges Moses Wright and W. J. Nunnally were smashed. A lot of women and children were attending a court hearing in Judge Wright's office, and they sought places of safety. The Judge's office was in the teeth of the gale, as it were, but the occupants soon got into a different position.
Rome's commercial concerns hit by the storm quickly began to get back into shape. Carpenters and tinners did a land office business, and many others, including electrical workers, did pretty much the same.
The forces of the Southern Bell Telephone Company and the Rome Railway & Light Company worked hard to restore conditions to normalcy.
Insurance men carrying tornado policies made ready to pay up. It was a new experience for them to get hit. W. B. Hale, of the Hale-Brannon Co., declared his firm stood ready to protect Romans and if another such rumpus came, he would surrender the cash. The others felt the same way about it.
As usual with tornadoes, the weather following was cold. The thermometer dropped down to where folks thought a freeze might greet them Monday morning, but this did not come. A stiff wind most of Sunday aggravated the situation. Opinions seemed to be that fruit and crops would be hurt, but not seriously.
A history of Rome and Floyd County, State of Georgia, United States of America : including numerous incidents of more than local interest, 1540-1922; Atlanta, Ga., 1922, pages 436-445