The weather news around the country in 2011 has been terrible for many people – Hurricane Irene, torrential rains, extreme drought, an earthquake, and so on. Weather news in our area recently reported that our country has had over 60 major national disasters so far this year – as if there aren’t enough other challenges!
All this weather business led me to recall a photo Clara had included in the family history, Homestead. Here it is.
The caption reads: “CHICKEN COOP – Taken in the 1930s After Tornado.” The far end of the chicken coop’s roof has been blown off, and the photo foreground is littered with board debris. When was this? The trees are bare, so that seems to point to springtime, or maybe late fall. The field in the foreground should be a clue, but I’m not sure about the surface of the ground.
I’ve never heard any Borresons speak of this tornado. Have you? Can you fill my information gap? In my online newspaper searches, the best I could find was a July 28, 1938 edition of the La Crosse Tribune and Leader-Press with this small article: “Paul T. Carlson, Minneapolis representative of the midwestern area of the American Red Cross, visited Trempealeau County this week making a survey of tornado damage.” I also found that the Red Cross had spent $351 for Arcadia tornado victims in 1938. Could it be that this Arcadia tornado or a related one was in Fitch Coulee? Maybe, maybe not, but I haven’t been able to learn more.