Macon, MS Tornado, Apr 1880

SEVERE STORM RIPS MISSISSIPPI TOWN.

Meridian, Miss., April 26. -- A heavy storm passed over Macon, Miss., last night, blowing away 22 houses, including the Mobile and Ohio Railroad machine shops, round-house, depot, telegraph office, and master mechanic's office. Sixteen cars were blown from the track, and 17 persons were killed and 22 wounded. The loss of property is estimated at not less than $100,000. Meridian was called on to send physicians, and six or eight have gone from here to attend the suffering.

Memphis, Tenn., April 26. -- A dispatch to the Appeal from Macon, Miss., says the killed are:
MR. and MRS. JAMES HORTON, MATTIE, JOHNNY, and JAMES HORTON, JR., -- the whole family.
MRS. JAMES EPPS.
CHARLEY EPPS.
MISS SOPHRONIA RAMSEY.
CICERO MOSS.
Three others so badly mutilated that recognition was impossible.
In addition to the above named, who are white, the following colored persons are killed:
LOUIS BAKER.
HENRY WILLIAMS'S child.
OTTAWA WILSON'S child.
One unidentified colored man.
The wounded are:
LEO SMITH'S child.
JAMES EPPS.
MRS. BERCANT.
MRS. W. A. KELLY.
E. D. FORD.
MRS. RHODES.
MRS. M. RAMSEY.
MR. and MRS. W. C. MITCHELL.
MRS. BALLARD and babe.
MRS. GEORGE BALLARD.
MOSES WIELL.
C. WHITESIDES.
MRS. LITTLE.
MRS. SPENCE.
M. L. DODDS.
JOE BRYANT.
J. W. BLACKWELL and wife.
MRS. R. RUFF.
E. DISINNKES.
MRS. MOSS.
FRANK GILMORE.
DANE CLAYTON.
JOSEPH EVANS.
PARTHENIA WILKERSON.
DOD STEVENSON.
HENRY WILLIAMS.
SOLOMON HAND.
J. H. BRYANT.
E. S. FORD.
W. H. KELLY.
A child of MR. HORTON was found dead a quarter of a mile away from the scene of destruction. One house, near the centre of the storm, was whirled around and its front changed in the exact opposite direction. A negro woman was found dead in a field west of the depot, literally stripped of all clothing.

The New York Times New York 1880-04-27