Chickamauga, GA Fatal Storm Damage, July 1893
ONE KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED.
SAD ENDING OF AN EXCURSION OF A PARTY OF PICNICKERS.
Chattanooga, July 10. -- The excursion of a party of picnickers to Chickamauga with a sad ending.
One of the party, ex-Alderman JOHN D. CRIMMINS, was killed, and Chief of Police DOC MITCHELL seriously injured. About a dozen members of the Tammany political organization headed by Chief of Police MITCHELL and Police Commissioner HEINEY, took one of the city's patrol wagons and drove to Chickamauga where they intended to spend the day boating and fishing.
At noon a severe storm came up and CRIMMINS and MITCHELL took refuge under a large oak tree.
They had hardly become located when a terrific gust of wind tore the top off the tree from the trunk and it came to the ground with a frightful velocity. The falling treet struck CRIMMINS on the top of the head and the limbs caught MITCHELL.
The former's head was frightfully mangled and the latter had two ribs and a wrist broken. CRIMMINS died in a half an hour. Chief MITCHELL, it is thought, will recover. The remainder of the party sought shelter under the wagons and escaped injury. The windstorm was the severest ever known in that section of north Georgia.
Evening Bulletin Maysville Kentucky 1893-07-10