There was a regular little cyclone at Garden Grove Monday night, which did a lot of damage, partially demolishing four houses just about midnight, and many people in Leon were frightened pretty badly, as the wind was pretty fierce, and was accompanied by terrific thunder and lightening. The storm occurred in parts of Leon; trees were broken; KELLER's residence was blown down, but fortunately it fell against another tree instead of striking the house.
At Garden Grove the storm seemed to come straight from the west, and damage was confined to a small strip south of the railroad tracks, all of the damaged houses being located in a strip less than a block wide and about four blocks long. The first place struck by the twister was that of HENRY YOUNG, where his windmill was destroyed and some sheds and outbuildings damaged. The next was the home of EVERETT REYNOLDS, where the roof of the hosue was blown clear across the street, and sheds demolished. Then the twister jumped about two blocks east, where it struck the home of J.T. FISHER, demolishing the summer kitchen, and badly wrenching the house. Just across the street, the home of WILLIAM RUSSELL was hit, nearly all of the roof being torn off, and this house was badly damaged. East of it the houses of MRS. MAGGIE BATES and THOMAS WEBSTER were struck, both being twisted and broken, then the church owned by the colored people was blown about l8 inches off the foundation, and the last place where the storm did material damage was at the home of AD RHMY, where his barn was partly demolished. Fortunately no person was seriously injured, MISS BERTHA BATES sustaining quite a cut on her ankle from broken glass which blew out the windows at their home, and MRS. THOMAS WEBSTER in the next house was also cut slightly by flying glass. The storm did a lot of damage to the telephone wires and the electric light lines, but both companies had a force of men at work early next morning, and the service was soon restored.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert "With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter" July 2, 2002