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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Manchester's first African-American students were siblings Joseph and Mattie Cunningham of Howard County, Ind., the descendants of black missionaries, slaves and Brethren parents. In 1900, Joseph entered the Preparatory School; Mattie the three-year course in the Bible Department, befriended by then-student Otho Winger 1902x, who helped ease their acceptance.

Joseph Cunningham 1904 joined the Lincoln Society, played center on the basketball team and managed the baseball team. He went to medical school and became a physician for the Chicago Board of Health.

Mattie Cunningham 1903 Dolby worked long hours in the College kitchen yet made time for chorus and the Bible Society. She was the Church of the Brethren's first black female minister. She ministered to the Brethren until she and her husband Newton Dolby encountered prejudice in Ohio and were invited to worship elsewhere. For 20 years, until her death in 1956, Mattie served as the first resident minister of a Church of God congregation, beloved by blacks and whites alike for her guidance and inspiration.

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