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Xenia Tornado of 1974

I have shared my story with a women who wrote a book about it and it was also published in the Dayton Daily News with my Dad’s photos William R. Hunter “Ray’s Professional Photography” (his 2nd profession/ Delco Moraine in Dayton his 1st). He was at DM when it hit. Now. Here’s what I wrote back then (I was 14 years old) for my English class at Wayne High School after relocated to Huber Heights. My teacher made me stand up and read it to the class the next day and everyone including me was in tears. What an experience! Got a B+ ~~ : ^ )
Xenia, Ohio U.S.A. April 3rd, 1974
It was a weird day. In the morning when I went to school, the sky was calm, no sign of any wind or clouds.
As the day went on, I can remember I had already been in five of my classes. It was now sixth period. The sun shone brightly and blinded my vision. Thin clouds began to cover the sky. It began to rain softly, then very hard! The streets were running over with water, as if God was giving our town it’s last sip
The bell rang and I noticed it was beginning to sleet. I struggled to get through the crowd in order to get to my next class on time. I went into the room and looked outside. It was hailing! It was hailing so hard that you could hear it pounding upon the ground. It wasn’t long before school was dismissed and on the way home I walked through a misty haze.
I walked into the house. Mom told me that had left word for me to clean up the attic. I had thrown the Christmas boxes up in it quite lazily. I wouldn’t have done that if I had it to do over, but I have no attic to clean up now .
When I came down from the attic, tornado watches were being issued on the radio our county and many others. Either I told Mom or she told me (It’s hard to remember) not to go back up until the watch was over or rather cleared (never thinking of what was to come).
I got a glass of orange juice and sat down at the dining room table. I said to Mom, “A tornado has never hit Xenia before” and she said, “There’s always a first time for everything”. I later found out that Xenia had been hit before, but at the time I didn’t know that. I turned around and looked out the back door. I saw it forming, a cluster of about six to eight tiny funnels. They were all high in the sky swirling furiously above the Arrowhead development.
I said, “Oh my God! I see one! Come here quick! Hurry! Look! She said, “Oh come on Terry! That isn’t funny. Don’t kid around like that. That’s nothing to joke about”.
She came to the back door thinking I was joking or something. I couldn’t understand why she thought I was fooling. I guess it’s just something that’s unbelievable, and no one can believe that such a thing would ever happen to them. That’s what I thought before, but not anymore. I can believe!
She called my sister, Tammy into the room. We were all standing at the back door panicking. Mom blurted out, “We better get out of this room or we will be cut to pieces”. We had a wall of 12″ square mirror tiles. That is if it were to hit, not really thinking it would.
We went to the master bedroom in a rage not knowing what to do. We went to the bedroom window and stood there watching it form for about five to ten minutes. It first formed into a very skinny funnel, somewhat like the familiar pictures you often see. It wasn’t touching the surrounding area yet. It was splitting up into little funnels, and then going back into the skinny familiar tornado.
Tammy said, “Oh, it’s not coming this way you guys. I’ve never seen anything like it!” But I knew it was coming toward our house because of the way the wind current was blowing.
I truly was terrified! It was something I had never seen before and never really thought much about, but it was a different story now. It was coming and there was no way of avoiding it. Our house was in it’s path.
We finally saw it drill down onto the Windsor park development a development that was connected to ours. It looked like birds were being pulled into it. It was really wood and debris flying about at 300mph.
The funnel wasn’t a funnel anymore. It was huge! Gigantic, if the word is alright or proper to use.
We lived in front of Warner Junior High School. There was a field in between Warner and Arrowood Elementary School.
It was swooping it’s way across the field tearing up the sidewalk and pavement, throwing wood, electrical and every kind of wiring that you can imagine. Roof tops, telephone poles and just everything!
We were told (previously) by a TV repair man to get in the master bedroom by or under some heavy furniture. This tornado wasn’t a regular one. it destroyed tall heavy buildings, concrete, brick, frame shacks, mansions, huge trees, everything, complete devastation!
We huddled up against the side of the bed shouting out to God. “God be with us!” “Please Lord, Oh God Please!” Those are the words I remember saying.
I thought it would never go over our house. It almost stood in one place and swirled through the house, ripping it into scattered memories. When it finally passed, I couldn’t move. I heard my sister yelling out for my Mom and me. She was screaming out our names, “Mom, Terry, Are you alright? Oh God! Everything’s destroyed! Don’t move Mom, I’ll get you out! I’ll get you out!” Tammy was left standing with the bedroom door.
It took five guys to get me out from under the rubble that was around me, under me, on top of me, everywhere! It took them twenty to thirty minutes to get me out.
When Mom got out from under the debris with the help of my sister, she smelled gas, and of course, so did I. From the time she got out until I was freed, we thought the remainder of the house (if there was any) would blow up with me still trapped, unable to move an inch. The only thing I could see was the tile on the bedroom floor.
They finally managed to pull me out from under the remains of what used to be a home, a home filled with love, that I thought would never be broken apart. We have the love in our home now as much as we had in it before, possibly more, if such a think is possible.
Everyone’s been so kind and generous. I don’t know how I can ever thank all the people that’s been so thoughtful of the scattered loved ones.
Terry G. Hunter

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Materials from the branch of the Hypes family that descended from Henry Hypes of Xenia, Ohio: Samuel Henry Hypes (1826-1916); his son, William Findlay Hypes; his grandson, Samuel Loomis Hypes; and his great-grandson, William P. Hypes. Collection includes a wide range of material from the Hypes family, particularly William Findlay Hypes, Samuel Loomis Hypes, and William P. Hypes. William Findlay Hypes' materials highlight his career at Marshall Fields and Co. of Chicago and his service as President of the Y.M.C.A. of Chicago, with emphasis on his family's world tour on behalf of the Y.M.C.A. in 1924-1925. Hundreds of postcards and photographs collected by the family are contained in the papers, including images from India, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), China, Europe, Egypt, and many more places, most unlabeled. Some material from Samuel Loomis Hypes' army service during World War I is also included, the most noteworthy being 24 black and white photographs featuring crowds awaiting the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and the shipping of troops back to the United States, including photographs of African American soldiers. Materials from William P. Hypes relate to his work with the Y.M.C.A. in the mid-twentieth century. The family's research into their genealogy and family history, unidentified family photographs, and smaller amounts of correspondence and material from other family members are also included.

There is a wide range of material from the Hypes family's many generations present in this collection. Some early material exists from Henry Hypes, including an inventory of his property upon his death, and some correspondence from relatives. Other early materials include family photographs, which are largely unlabeled and undated but include formats such as tintypes, a daguerreotype, cartes de visite, negatives, and others.

The Hypes' attempts to reconstruct their family tree resulted in several letters between extended family members and distant cousins, as well as genealogical maps and notes, dating from the early to mid-twentieth century.

The majority of the collection dates from William Findlay Hypes and his family. W.F. Hypes' materials include correspondence and clippings about his career with Marshall Fields and Co., as well as news coverage of his world tour on behalf of the Y.M.C.A. from 1924 to 1925. The collection also contains photographic prints, negatives, and postcards from this trip, featuring images from India, China, Japan, Egypt, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Europe, and other unidentified places. The photographs are largely gelatin silver prints, and many have silvering. The majority of photographs are amateur shots presumably taken by the Hypes family. However, there are several sets of images which were clearly purchased by W.F. Hypes or other family members as travel souvenirs, including a set from India taken by H.R. Ferger and a set from Taormina, Italy. These all appear to date from the early 1900s. Many types of postcards are present, including real photo postcards and tinted color postcards. Several postcard books were purchased as souvenirs. Most postcards have been sorted by location; real photo postcards have also been sleeved to better protect the images. Real photo postcard locations include Norway, Manila, China, Japan, and a set from the Canadian Rockies.

An earlier trip to Europe and the Middle East by W.F. Hypes and his wife is described in letters between them and their daughter Muriel. This trip appears to have been taken in May and June, 1910. Since most of the collection's photographs are undated, some could date from this trip instead of the world tour trip from 1924-1925.

One part of the collection is closed to researchers: there is a small amount of nitrate and safety negatives. These appear to be taken by W.F. Hypes, and include family photographs, scenes from Jamaica, and scenes of a tiger hunt during the Hypes' Y.M.C.A. tour. The tiger hunt images are available as prints in the photographs portion of the materials. All negatives are closed to researchers.

Along with the extensive amount of photographs and postcards, W.F. Hypes' portion of the papers includes souvenir booklets and other collectibles from his travels. Also present are materials from the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893, including a set of tickets as well as a stock certificate. Hypes' political leanings can be inferred from a Republican National Convention ticket for the 1904 election, as well as a small, movable medal that spins and denounces William Jennings Bryan.

Another noteworthy part of the collection comes from Samuel Loomis Hypes, W.F. Hypes' son, who served as a captain in the U.S. Army's 803rd Pioneer Infantry during World War I. This portion of the papers contains 24 black-and-white photographs (18? June-19 July 1919) featuring crowds awaiting the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and the shipping of troops back to the United States. Photographs often have captions in white ink. There are six crowd scenes in Paris and outside Versailles before and after the signing of the treaty. However, the majority of the photographs follow the movement of ships and troops out of Brest Navy yard, including the USS Imperator and the USS Philippine. There are group photos of the 803rd's officers and one photograph of a German submarine. Among the 4,000 troops aboard the Philippine were many African American soldiers, and there are photographs of these men playing in the 803rd's regimental band and of a boxing match they held during the voyage, as well as other photos. The collection also contains two postcards showing group photographs of soldiers [officers?] taken at Plattsburgh, N.Y., in 1916 - probably at the large World War I military training camp there.

Other materials from Samuel Loomis Hypes include his officer's record book, honorary discharge following the war, as well as clippings about Sugar Hollow, a North Carolina development begun by Hypes and his wife in the 1950s.

Finally, the collection also includes several files from William P. Hypes, an officer in the Y.M.C.A. in the 1960s and 1970s, particularly from his work towards the Y.M.C.A. World Action program.

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Treasures of the Catholic Church in Tasmania were put on display at the 30th National Conference of the Australian Association of Archivists, held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart this week.

The conference, called ‘Archives on the Edge,’ brought together 200 participants, including State, religious and school archivists, from around Australia.

Dr Pru Francis, archivist with the Catholic Church in Tasmania, selected a number of church objects for the Catholic display held at the St Mary’s Cathedral Centre, for the “Faith Traditions” session of the conference.

“We give a broad brushstroke of the faith and the faithfulness of the Catholic community over 194 years in Tasmania,” she said.

“We’re showing a minute part of our collection…the most humble beginnings of the Church here in Tasmania, through to the beauty of items that were brought here [later on in the last century].”

Dr Francis said that the simplicity of life and minority status of the Catholic community in Tasmania was a common theme of the objects on display.

“Some of the artwork we have is very beautiful and tells the story of a church that really struggled to survive in Tasmania,” she said.

“Catholics were not at the top of the pile here.

“The Walker monstrance [a 1932 monstrance on display] was made of the jewels of the parishioners, who gave all their jewels and gold to make it, during the depression era.”

Dr Francis also said that the contribution of the Catholic bishops was a theme in the exhibition, mentioning the work of Bishop Robert William Wilson, who worked to end inhumane convict conditions in the 1950’s.

“Bishop Wilson tried to end incarceration in Port Arthur, and bought great plans for the building of parishes,” she said.

“He was known as a great social reformer and took the case to the House of Commons.”

Other sessions at the annual conference included ‘indigenous languages’, ‘wartime perspective’ and those centred on issues of privacy, accessibility and archiving in the digital age.

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