The Tornado Revisited

June 28, 2009 at 11:31 am 2 comments

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by Loraine Ritchey and Renee Dore
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Last year Renee Dore wrote a guest blog about the Tornado’s 84th Anniversary. This morning as I wake up and drink my coffee at the keyboards-once again hearing the sounds of “my hood”- I know that the reason my lot size is smaller than most here at 33 foot instead of 66 was that the house that originally sat on this lot was destroyed in the tornado and I was told a man killed ( I have never been able to verify the death) . However , when it came to rebuilding in 1926 a mother and daughter rebuilt – two homes instead of one was allowed on the 66 ft lot – my mock Tudor- and the mock Cape Code next door.
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Although different materials were used outside, they are pretty much identical inside with the gum wood leaded windows and layout-
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My Tudor is larger and has the large balcony etc. but the closeness of family ( literally in the case of these two houses) and the need to “carry on in Lorain” no matter the devastation has permanent reminder everytime I look around this “old house”.

I have reprised Renee’s post below and you can also read more in today’s Morning Journal article by Scot Allyn
http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2009/06/28/news/mj1250078.txt

by Renee Dore

I am sure when the people woke up on June 28, 1924, they had plans for a typical summer day in June- shopping, swimming at Lakeview Park or Glen’s Beach, picnics and family gatherings, organ and choir rehearsals at church for Sunday services, going downtown to the theater to watch a Saturday afternoon show.

Unlike today,they had no weather channel to click on or TV or radio to check the day’s forcast. They just knew it was a perfect, warm summer day just right for summertime activities. Little did these people know what nature had in store for them and their beautiful city.

The sunny day turned to on and off rains for a few hours that fateful day until the skies began to darken to an ominous color and the rains became intense. Many hurried home or sought shelter. Some inside the theaters were oblivious to what was about to happen. Then it came-the horrendous “monster” blew in at 5:14-the monster known as the !924 Lorain Tornado.

As written in the Official Souvenir and Memorial Book,1924:

“In those merciless five minutes the work of a half hundred years was torn to earth; seventy human lives were snuffed out; and twelve hundred persons were injured, some of them nver to recover.”

The people who witnessed the storm, endured the living conditions afterwards , and spent countless hours repairing and rebuilding the city of Lorain were most likely those of the nationalities that are recognized and celebrated this weekend at the International Festival.

There is a Historical Marker across the street near the entrance to the festival site. It is the Historic Marker for the Lorain Tornado. So perhaps today people going to the festival might want to stop and take a look at the Marker and take a moment to remember those who helped to rebuild their lives and this city after that horrendous Saturday in 1924.

The buildings on Broadway and many of the churches that we see everyday were either altered or rebuilt after the tornado- there is one building on Broadway the has “Tornado” on the front facade. There are many online websites to learn more about the tornado by searching “1924 Tornado” and Historic Marker for Lorain Tornado” and there is information at the Moore House at 5th and Reid and at the Lorain Public Library. A video was produced a few years ago about the tornado also.

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Entry filed under: Charleston Village, city of lorain, history.

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  • 1. renee dore  |  June 28, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    The International Parade is this morning and the route will travel down the same street and past many of the same buildings in the photo above that endured such destruction. The brick facades still recollect the style of that era. The people had a tough job ahead of them to rebuild their city 85 years ago. But they did and we still benefit from their hard labor as many use those buidlings today for offices, shops, and entertainment. Renee

  • 2. Loraine Ritchey  |  June 28, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Well said Renee and hopefully that aspect of this area will not be lost on the particpants and the onlookers….

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