Sumter, SC Area Tornado, Mar 1890


Cyclones and Floods Continue to Devastate the Land of Sunshine.

COLUMBIA, S.C., March 24.-[Special.]-The fury of Saturday's cyclone was principally felt in Sumpter [sic]. Every house was shaken to its foundation, roofs were carried away, fences demolished and trees uprooted. IDA RICHARDSON was killed by a falling house. Two men, names unknown were fatally injured and many persons were badly bruised and cut. The MATHIAS machinery depot was demolished and two large sheds of the Atlantic coast line railway were blown down, while the Baptist church, jail and factory are more or less damaged. The bridge over Broad river on the Spartanburg Union & Columbia River at Shelton was blown off the piers into the river and completely wrecked. An unknown man standing on the bridge was carried with it. In Chester county the tornado did great damage. Several small villages are also badly wrecked. At Edgemore the Dutch Reformed church was blown down. At Blackstock, the academy buildings were destroyed, one woman and several children are reported fatally injured. In Orangeburg county many houses were unroofed. In this city the immense ventilating roof of the penitentiary was torn from its position and thrown down upon all adjoining building. It is reported that the town of Prosperity has been swept away but as the wires are down nothing can be learned. Iron and twisted trees mark the path of the storm, and it is feared that immense damage has been done.

Omaha Daily World-Herald, Omaha, NE 24 Mar 1890