On May 28, 1880 a large tornado killed eleven persons and virtually destroyed the community.
Savoy, Texas was hit by an F4 tornado. 14 people were killed and 60 were injured. It leveled the entire business and northeast residential sections. The tornado was described as “a funnel blazing with balls of fire”.
Mr. McMurry and I had retired for the night, our bedroom being in the front part of the house. We were awakened from a sound sleep by deafening peals of thunder, the terrible roar of the wind, and a mighty down pour of rain that fell in blinding sheets. our first thoughts were of Minnie, who was sleeping alone in a back room that opened onto a porch. When we opened the door that led to her room we found that the room had been blown away!
SAVOY– Fifty-seven years ago May 28, a cyclone struck Savoy, and moved the town. The freakish wind demolished every house on Main Street and the town was rebuilt on Hayes Street which is now Highway 82.
After a residence of five years in Denison, I moved to Savoy, a station on the Transcontinental line, 11 miles from Bonham, and I was in the mercantile business there when the cyclone struck in 1800. I retired early on the night of the cyclone which came at about 10 o’clock. Before I dropped of to sleep I cautioned my wife, who was in the room with a glass oil lamp in her hand. I told her she was liable to set the house on fire.
The Denison News says people shook their heads when we publishsd the account of a stone weighing a ton falling on the Rick farm, blown there by the Savoy cyclone but elder Kone goes us one better. In his sermon on Sunday morning he spoke of sheep and cattle being carried through the air a distance of eighteen hundred miles by a cyclone. Elder, take our hat.1 Brenham Weekly Banner, Brenham Texas, Vol15, No23, Ed1, June 4, 1880 ↩
The storm king seems to rule supreme; in the entire history of modern times there is nothing on record to compare with the tornadoes that have ravaged the land during the past few years.
The historic Savoy Sanctuary built as a Methodist Church was constructed from 1876-1878
Sitting comfortably on a well-worn pew in the Savoy Methodist Church, you can almost hear the sounds made by generations of congregational members. Surely the men’s low voices, the children’s laughter, and the women’s lyrical soprano tones intermingled through the years in countless hymns, liturgies, studies, and prayers.