Treasures from the Archives
Student tornado crews connect, test
faith with action
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
'75 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.
A harbinger of spring at Manchester College is the testing of the campus
tornado siren – its piercing scream overriding lectures, chapel and mall
Alumni of the ’70s know well of the destruction of twisters. In April 1974
tornadoes ripped through homes, farms and even a county courthouse in
About 100 Manchester College students joined the brand-new Brethren
Disaster Network, which hurried to Monticello, Ind. Students visited about 30
homes and farms during their two-day service, clearing rubbish, repairing
roofs, cutting and dragging away huge branches.
“We talk about service to mankind in our classes,” Stan Noffsinger ’76, president
of the College Community Council, told the Manchester College Bulletin,
“but this was a real test of our beliefs. It was a frustrating experience, because
there was so much to be done, but it was also a thrilling experience. People
gave us a fantastic reception.”