THE DEVIL DID IT- William Foskey was out in his cotton field in late June of 1902 around noon, when a strong whirlwind came up. The funnel, about the size of a mule, moved up into the sky and then came back to the spot of its origin. Eventually the whirlwind dissipated, leaving a half acre of withered cotton, much liked it had been scorched by heat. The story brought back recent memories of the time a pine tree in the Brewton area bent to the ground forming an ox bow. The bark on the tree showed no signs of peeling or tearing. Almost at the same instant, the boilers at Garbutt's Mill northeast of Brewton exploded. Two or three men were killed. Superstitious Brewtonites figured that the bent tree was created by supernatural forces and held religious services under it.