The MC Student Tornado Relief Project found little left of the John Paschen farm in Monticello, Ind., on April 23, 1974.

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On ladder, David Yeatter, College treasurer and business manager, helped re-roof the Ed Sollars home near Monticello after the April 1974 tornado.

Cleaning fields at the Earl Hebner
farm near Monticello after an April 1974 tornado. That's John Lahman
standing behind the truck, and
Scott Garrett '76x perched on
the rear of the truck.

About 100 area college students helped clean up the Tom Hughes farm after a 1974 tornado.

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Aerial photos today hint of the old Eel River Railroad path through the north half of campus — between Schwalm Hall and Cordier Auditorium.

The tracks were here long before Manchester College. The railroad changed owners and names several times through the years, with the Pennsylvania Railroad Co. assuming ownership in the very early 1900s. Alumni will recall calling it The Vandalia, Penn Central and finally, Conrail. (The railroad path defines the “Rhiney Bowl” beside Schwalm Hall.)

At one time, the tracks fed 16 trains daily through North Manchester. Don’t confuse this line with the Big 4 that ran to Milford, dropping off students near Camp Mack, notes William R. Eberly ’48, professor emeritus of biology.

Both lines hauled more freight than passengers. Some students earned
money wheelbarrowing the coal to the bin chute, recalls retired archivist A. Ferne Baldwin ’58, professor emeritus of sociology and social work. In 1967, the College’s first gas/oil boiler arrived on the campus tracks, pictured above.

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Bold new ventures
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Envisioning a 21st
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Master Plan builds on
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Profiles of ability and conviction


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