Cherokee County, AL Tornado, Apr 1903
Great Devastation Reported from Cherokee County Along the Coosa River.
Devastation in Cherokee.
Chattanooga, Tenn., April 9--A special to The Times from Gadsden, Ala., gives an account of further devastation by the storm of Wednesday morning.
It is stated that a terrific cyclone passed over a path a quarter of a mile wide in Cherokee county, causing the death of one person, the injury of several and doing damage estimated at $15,000.
The cyclone occurred about 3 oâ€™clock in the morning. It first struck the house of Charles Smith, a tenant on the Bishop farm on the Coosa river. Smithâ€™s back was broken and his 7-year-old son was killed.
The storm then swept back and forth across the Coosa river and laid waste some of the finest homes and orchards in Cherokee county, a large number of persons had narrow escapes. In one instance a barn was lifted from over four horses, leaving them uninjured. A Negro who was sleeping there also escaped unhurt.
The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga 10 Apr 1903