Monticello, MS Tornado Devestates Small Town, Apr 1882



New Orleans, April 23. -- A special received at midnight from Brookhaven, Miss., says: "Monticello, Miss., was completely destroyed at 11 A. M. by a tornado. Houses and stores were blown away and some burneb[sic]. A
great many persons were killed and wounded. I give you the names of those I could get: DR. CANNON, wife and child, killed; PARSON DALE, killed; WEATHERSBY, killed; BEADLE, severely injured; MAX COHEN, badly burned and will die; MYERS and wife injured; C. K. DALE, slightly injured; WILLIAM BUTLER, ex-Sheriff, badly burned and his wife likely to die. I cannot earn and more particulars now. There was a severe storm near Johnstown station last evening at 1:30 P. M. It blew down the telegraph wires for a distance of about three miles, and the railroad track was covered with trees for nearly the same distance, delaying the trains in consequence about one hour."
Specials to she[sic] Times-Democrat give the following particulars concerning the storm:
"Monticello, situated 20 miles east of Brookhaven, was visited yesterday at 12:15 P. M. by a destructive cyclone. The town was completely destroyed, only three houses in the entire place being left. They were dwelling-houses on the outskirts of the storm. Nothing like it was ever before seen in this section. Ten persons were killed instantly -- five whites and five colored. The names of the whites are as follows: H. WETHERSBY, CHANCERY CLERK, ALLEN SHARP, MRS. CANNON and baby and the Rev. S. W. DALE. Out of a population of 150 very few escaped without some injury. Between 15 and 20 persons were seriously injured, some, it is thought, fatally. Ex-Sheriff BUTLER and his wife were painfully injured; JAKE MYER had his collar-bone broken, and was injured about the face, and CHARLEY COHN had his leg broken. The store of MR. COHN, after having been blown down, was fired by lightning and entirely consumed. There is not a tree left standing in the place. SAMUEL HICKMAN'S fine residence, four miles south-west of Monticello was entirely demolished, but no one was hurt. The track of the cyclone is estimated at half a mile. A storm crossed this road at about 11 o'clock on Saturday between Johnson's Station and Bogue Chitto, which is supposed to be the same. It blew several hundred yards of telegraph wire down and covered the railroad track with trees for a distance of two or more miles, delaying trains about two hours. No lives are reported lost in that vicinity, but the people of Monticello are left entirely destitute. Our citizens have subscribed liberally toward their relief. Several wagon loads of provisions, with other suitable things, were sent them to-day, to be followed by more to-morrow."

The New York Times New York 1882-04-24