Northern Elmore County Tornado
March 3, 1930


This is from the memory of Emma Jean Harmon who lived through the incident on November 16, 1930 (Currently verifyng the date) in the Buyck community of Elmore County. The Homer Harmon home was located at the current address of 18247 US Highway 231, Titus, AL. The Sears’ home that is referenced in her memoir was also located on US Highway 231, but on the east side of the highway slightly north of where County Road 29 meets it.

“It struck about 5:00 in the morning. We were all at home and somehow we got together in the room with Mother and Daddy. Joe said that it sounded like a freight train. Ged came down from upstairs and said the roof was gone. All that was left when it was over was part of four rooms downstairs and two of those had no outside walls. The old kitchen which extended off the main house, the smokehouse, chicken house, the barn, cow pens and two tenant houses were scattered for miles. Mr. Irving Sears’ home was completely gone. Everyone was relieved when they found out that they had spent the night away from home. The Harmon family moved down to Cousin Monroe Beard’s and lived in two little houses there until Daddy could get the house rebuilt. They were able to salvage some furniture, but not much else. The neighbors were always wonderful in times of trouble; they included Dr. Powell’s family, the Lewis family, Levins, Gantts, Coopers, Holts, Murchisons, Stanleys, Downs, and Blankenship families. The greatest loss was the family photographs which can never be replaced. We were happy to move back home when the house was rebuilt, keeping it as much like the original house as possible.”

...This personal account courtesy of Nicole Law
April 2012.

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