Columbia, SC Tornado, May 1875
Augusta, Ga., May 1.-- A fearful tornado struck Columbia, S.C., at half past 4 this afternoon. The steeple of the Presbyterian Church was demolished, and the roof of the market blown off. Although hundreds were in the neighborhood, no one was seriously hurt. The depots of the Greenville and Columbia and South Carolina railroads were unroofed and otherwise damaged. Threes were uprooted in every direction. Only one death is reported. The storm struck a passenger train on the Georgia railroad leaving Rutledge. Dr. Montgomery's house, near Rutledge, was blown down, and his son, four years old, blown away. John Norton's wife and child were badly hurt at Covington.
Daily Republican, Decatur, IL 3 May 1875