Friday, October 19, 2007

Tornados and Post Cards







12:25PM






Another trip to the chiropractor today, a back working, then X-rays...will get those read tomorrow, I don't think I've a set taken since about 1990, while in the middle of my last back problem outbreak.....


Back or no back, I went ahead and did a Jr High football game at Waynesfield yesterday, the home team at 6-0 went up against the wife's old school, Fort Loramie...good game, with good sportsmanship, the home team scored late twice to win 19-6 and finish the season at 7-0.

On the way home(a 35 mile trip), oldest son Sam calls, and says.."let me guess, you're not home?" He could hear the wind whistling in through the Jeep, told him, "nope, about 10 minutes away"...turns out Sam was about 25 miles away from Nappanee, Indiana, {the drop off point at Gulf Stream RV Manufacturing, bringing a Class C back from Dallas, TX, for some cosmetic repairs}....and he had hit right in the middle of the storms that raked the mid west and south last night, from Michigan to Florida. I told him I would pull up the interactive radar when I got home...by the time I pulled in the driveway, my wife was with the land line phone telling me that Sam was on and to take a look at the radar......went inside, and nasty it was.

To make a long story shorter, Sam made the drive to Nappanee, dropped off his RV, got into his car and started east towards Ohio(Nappanee to Celina is about 125 miles)....the storms were coming fast and the initial batch had hit Nappanee and Warsaw about 7:30PM...Sam got out at 7:45, I directed him to go straight east on US 6, rather than southeast on US 33 to Fort Wayne....he followed directions and got home about 10pm....at 10:30 another batch went through that area and clobbered Nappanee, destroying several buildings a church, and closing down the Gulf Stream factory and Hoosier Transit, where we deliver the RVs from....looks like the town will be closed for the weekend.



Safe and sound Sam made it, although looks like it will be a few days before any RV runs are forthcoming....that being a minor point.

Bruno on his blog brought up the early stages of this violent fall storm:


The storm has moved east......and a cool breeze has replaced it.


Post Cards of the Past
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The Fat Hairy One:


sent me a link to old time postcards from around the states:


I have loved old post cards...my Grandmother Houseworth collected them from her many travels, and when my Aunt died in 1998 I took possession of the house that belonged to my Grandmother and her two daughters. Old post cards have been a tool in my family Genealogy Research. The two Aunts were pack rats, and they saved everything, including my Grandmother's collections, which are too numerous to mention in this blog...one was a large amount(several thousand) of postcards that dated from family mailings from 1905 through 1985....some unique and worth money, and some worth only the paper they were printed on....took me a couple of years to go through them...saving the ones that were family written, or unique. Some I sold on ebay for as much as $75 each, but always made sure they were double or triples.

The one's I really enjoy are real photo cards from the 1930s and 40s....two such cards are described below in the photo section. My collection has grown through my own collection, and is in the neighborhood of 1000 cards in total....those date from 1905(of course) up to today....still collecting them as I do RV travels. It is an interesting and historical challenge for the cold weather time of the season.


{photos....A Tornado rips through Goshen, Indiana, on Palm Sunday 1965...this is the same area that was hit last night, Goshen is about 20 miles north and east of Nappanee, the one in 65 was much worse than the one that hit last night.....postcards..One sent in 1945 from my dad, Stan Houseworth to his mother from Sacramento, when he was stationed at Mather Field just after WWII..the other one is the "Peggy Ann Cafe and Bus Stop" on U.S.41 in Cartersville, GA, sent from Grandma to her daughter Eva on May 12, 1944, while traveling to Florida for vacation....I especially love the "Buck Horn Lodge" card, I've had it blown up, and the faces and items in the photo are classic Americana from the 1940s}






















































28 comments:

Mushy said...

Glad he made it...we escaped because of the mountains to the west of us. They usually protect the valley I live in, but have been know to break on through.

Good to have family home during storms...at least my dog feels strongly that way.

Good post.

BRUNO said...

You mentioned something before about Yahoo-Interactive Radar. Do you have a "good, reliable" link for that, by any chance?(Mainly because I'm too LAZY to search for it myself.....!)

BRUNO said...

Love that ol' bus in your Dad-sent photo! Built like a tank! And probably RODE about the same...!

pat houseworth said...

Bruno:

For the Yahoo Interactive...go to the Yahoo Home Page...in the right hand box, it should have a weather forcast(if you have a Yahoo ID, it's your area)...click on the weather, that should go to a 5 day forecast, then click on extended forecast....that will give you the 10 day...you will see a link for Radar, click RADAR...follow the directions.

This sounds complicated but really it's not.....it has a ground image and a road image...you can put it into motion, etc.....the radar lags about 5 to 8 minutes behind regular time, great stuff, and nice if you are in a nasty weather situation.

~Fathairybastard~ said...

Cool shots man. Love those old postcards too. Last nights football game was in Jerrel, Tx. which suffered a huge tornado about a decade ago. I was there when it happened, sitting under an overpass about a quarter mile south of town on I-35 with about a dozen other folks. It was cool till I saw insulation from peoples houses droppin' out of the sky, and I woke up to what had really happened. Scary.

Buck Pennington said...

That really was a hellish outbreak of bad weather...and late in the season, too. Glad you and yours are OK, Pat.

BRUNO said...

Yeah, OK! I found it! It's about the same "speed" as the NOAA site, but it is more detailed. THANKS!!!

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