Here's another photograph found in Ma Davis's trunk: a picture of the aftermath of the tornado that hit Tupelo on a Sunday evening in 1936. This tornado is said to be the fourth deadliest tornado in U.S. history, killing over 200 people and injuring 700 when it struck Tupelo around 9 o'clock the night of April 5th. Residential areas were hardest hit as the tornado skipped over Tupelo's downtown business district. At least one-third of the city's homes were destroyed. The tornado hit the Bissell community prior to its touchdown in west Tupelo, and after leaving a path of destruction it picked up and re-landed in the Auburn community.
Who took this photograph or why it was kept by Queenie Clayton Davis is not known. Click on the photo for a larger view.