Autoists Escape Death in 1915 Cyclone at Rays Mill, Georgia

An old newspaper clipping gives a brief account of the tornado that hit Ray City, GA in 1915.  The story, related by two “Autoist” from Valdosta, was no doubt made all the more thrilling by the novelty of the automobile.

Atlanta Constitution
January 8, 1915

RUSHING TO COVER AUTOIST ESCAPE DEATH IN CYCLONE

    Valdosta, Ga., January 7.-(Special) Turner Jones and D.W. McCravey of Valdosta, had a thrilling and narrow escape from death in the storm which swept to the north of this city yesterday afternoon.
    They were near Rays Mill, in Berrien county, en route to Valdosta in an automobile when the storm broke.  To save themselves from being crushed by falling trees they hurried under a bridge, across which two trees fell. Twelve or fifteen pines were blown down near them in a radius of two hundred yards.  The timely shelter of the bridge undoubtedly saved their lives.
    Considerable damage was done in the town of Rays Mill by the storm in the blowing down of houses and unroofing of others.

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