the June 1, 2011 Tornado
Looking for Tornado stories to include in my Southbridge Recollections book
Please email me with yours
Honey Meyer recalls her
experiences at Rosemeade Apartments during the Tornado
Rough path of Tornado - Dick Whitney
Airport damage photos -
New June 6, 2011
by Dick Whitney
Sturbridge MA photos below
below is the approxikmate path from Monson to 84 in
Sturbridge (West of
a fatality occurred at the compground in Brimfield near the sharp curve in Rt 20
near the middle of the map.
Actual path of the Tornado
Subject: Hometown news
Date: 6/3/11 12:17:28 AM
From: "John Swiatek"
The news about Southbridge came as a complete surprise while working at the computer here, and hearing about a tornado in Massachusetts, and Springfield. So, I turned and glanced at the tv screen, and shocked to see a Palmer, Brimfield, and SOUTHBRIDGE aerial view, with reporting from the weatherman.
Hey, I am in Los Angeles!
Grew up in Southbridge, 37 Clark Street, at first, then 187 Mill Street... that big round house on the hill above Russell Harrington.
The news was yesterday; today I heard about the airport being destroyed.
The airport? We used to grab our bikes and ride up there and play on that flat, quiet street that ringed around the runway, and then head down paigeHill and watch the cows (yeah, we would 'moo' at them) and then head home (great downhill for a kid on a bike!). My grandfather (from Plimpton Street) and I would go up there, and watch a plane take off every now and then; I still remember seeing a glider soaring overhead on weekend days.
So now, seeing the aerial view of Sbge, and that red stripe of the path, and then squinting to see Pleasant Street School, the bend in the road where my parents raised us, the way Plimpton Street goes off into the woods and passes the old ice-houses (McKinstry's?), and where Ames originally was, and BigBunny and the PolishClub; and then, over there on the left... the PublickHouse and Rom's, and where Ames and Iandoli's used to be....
So, now in LA, and about as far away from
the Hollywood sign
as 187MillSt is from the airport. Thanks for the picture, and all
old pictures. Is that
Woolworth's or McLellan's you were shopping in? Hey, that's the
Omigawd. The Strand. Saturday matinees.... was
that a dime
we paid?Stooges movies, and some Tarzan....
Thanks again for the flashbacks. Hope to see more; someday soon, will make the trek back, I am sure.
Destruction in Southbridge following the Hurricane and Flood of SEPTEMBER 21, 1938
1938 Flood Photos - Southbridge
Check out the Universalist Church Then and Now photos :before and after the Steeple collapse in the Hurricance of 1938
More 1938 Flood Photos (AO complex)
AO History Main Page
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