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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Student tornado crews connect, test
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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.

John Flory '74 cuts a tree in Monticello,
Ind., as part of the College's Student Tornado Relief Project.
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A harbinger of spring at Manchester College is the testing of the campus tornado siren – its piercing scream overriding lectures, chapel and mall conversations.

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 northern Indiana.

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.”

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