Friday, June 30, 2023

1900 Flood Waters in MS

This report of flood damage reaches out to us from over a century ago. Buildings and animals were washed away by the rising waters of the Bogue Chitto. The people whose property was destroyed are names from our family tree: Smith, Brumfield & Simmons. We can specifically identify A. S. Smith, my 3rd great uncle. 



Adolphus Scott Smith

22 Jun 1848 - 18 Oct 1921

Son of Wyatt Smith & Euseba Fortenberry

Husband of Julia Jane Simmons




Terrible Destruction


Dr. A. S. Smith returned Saturday from a visit to his farm at Smithburg, and reports great damage done by the high water below there. Bogue Chitto was above high water at Dillon. The gallery on Dort Smith’s residence was washed off also his blacksmith shop; Mr. William Collins lost the gallery to his residence and outhouses. Mr. Jasper Simmons lost his smoke house and a large quantity of meat; Mr. Louis Brumfield lost four yoke of oxen, six horses and several cows and calves and a fine surry was also washed away. He lives five miles from Franklinton, and is so far the greatest sufferer we have heard of. – Magnolia Gazette


The McComb City Enterprise

McComb, MS, 26 April 1900, page 6

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