I ran across this wonderful piece of our history of Glen Rose. I have heard about the “terrible cyclone” most of my life. My Grandparents and Great Aunts were still talking about it when I was a child.
Aunt Mattie, of the Echols Boarding House, was attending “school” and living in town during the weekdays and going home to the farm on the weekends. As the story goes, she was 15 years old and living in the home of a “widow woman” who lived on “Cyclone Street.”
Granny was frying chicken when the sky became black and the noise of hail on the roof. They ran to the root cellar and Granny carried the pan of chicken with her.” That was all I knew of the cyclone. But this article filled in many interesting facts to the story. Researched and compiled by Mrs. Wayland G. Adams, February 17, 1966.
The following story was sent from the Telephone Station, one mile south of Glen Rose, April 28, 1902.
“The town of Glen Rose was almost wiped out of existence this evening, about 6 0’clock, by a cyclone. Up to now, seven persons are known to be dead, and it is believed that no fewer than forty were injured, some of them so seriously that death is probable. The track of the storm has been followed three miles east and west of Glen Rose.
“Everywhere there is destruction. It cannot be said that the storm came without warning. For hours before it broke, the clouds began to embank toward the southwest, marshaled by a breeze that was almost a gale. Lower and lower they came, throwing the darkness of twilight over the earth.
“The people became thoroughly frightened. Many abandoned their homes, but had no better places of shelter, for there are few storm cellars here. The wind grew stronger. Trees were bent almost to the ground and branches and loose planks were flying through the air. The people were panic stricken, and ran through the streets, wildly crying for shelter, of which there was none. There were a few splashes of rain and hailstones which came almost the force of bullets. There was a terrific crash of thunder and lightning, apparently the signal, for at that moment, the storm’s furies were loosed and within less time than the telling of it takes, Glen Rose was transformed into piles of debris, beneath which there were many corpses. Communication with Glen Rose has been destroyed and all is in confusion. “
That was the end of the telephone message.
There were about 36 buildings destroyed in Glen Rose, 25 families were homeless, the courthouse and jail had been un-roofed.
Those who were killed included Mrs. C.A. Milan, Mrs. Musgrove and son, Miss Mary Connell, Mrs. Fagg, the Rev. Ford, and J.R Milam’s little girl.
On June 5, 1902 the Glen Rose Herald published a complete story of the cyclone. “A WHIRLWIND STRIKES GLEN ROSE - Six Killed and Nine Seriously Wounded.”
The article is available to read at the Somervell Historical Library and Research Center.
In brighter news, the Historical Library is gearing up for the upcoming genealogy webinar workshop.
Details have been posted on the website and Facebook.
The free event will be held on Friday, Oct. 18.