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On April 3rd, 1974 people in Xenia saw black smoke rising, like a wall, and then the wall started turning in.It was an F-5 tornado. There were twisters all through Ohio and in other states- 148 were confirmed that day throughout the United States and Canada.The tornado that struck Xenia killed 32 people and injured over 1000. Two National Guardsmen also died fighting a fire. Hundreds of homes were shredded into bits and downtown was demolished.As part of an oral history project, staffers from the Greene County Public Library interviewed people who were in Xenia that day. And those voices make up our series.

Remembering the Xenia Tornado: Neva Brown

Sharon Benedict


Yesterday in our series “Remembering the Xenia Tornado,” we heard from Louise Crawley about how she and her husband got messages to the residents of Xenia with their ham radio sets.  Today, Neva Brown on setting a table in the midst of destruction.

Neva Brown told her story to Sharon Benedict of Greene County Library.  Alan Staiger produced our series.  For more on the Greene County Public Library's Voices of Greene County series, click here.

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