1952 Judsonia AR tornado damages and survival of a mansion.

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Judsonia AR tornado

Two days ago I wrote about Judsonia AR, White County, and how in 1952 it was almost wiped out by a vicious tornado. Over 50 people were killed and the town never recovered.  The ones who lived through it and even the ones who were miles away came away with fear that never subsides. 

This photo is one that shows damages on a block or two.  Strangely enough the mansion at the back of the photo made it through.  The house at the back right also survived enough to be livable.  In fact, at one point in the last 25 years I had the house listed.  The front porch had been ripped off and was replaced.  I recognized it when I saw this picture.  It was made of strong stuff! 

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Barbara S. Duncan
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Callie, thanks so much for adding to our Judsonia tornado blogg.  Lots of people have found it and every comment has been appreciated by not just by me but by the readers of the blog.  Please share any other info that you have.

August 19, 2009 09:25 PM
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don evans

Barbara thanks for the photos..I can relate very well that house..I lived on same street about 3 houses away when that awful day happened..It killed several of my neighbors..My family (mom and dad) never received a scratch..Our house was destroyed and we spent the night in neighbors car..They were both killed..They were the telephone operaters (those were in private houses then)...My fathers business was right in front of the crushed car of the royal crown bottlers you see in pictures..I can recall what happened very well to this day..Thanks again...Don Evans

November 07, 2010 12:28 PM
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, the tornado was so terrible and anyone who lived through it can't forget it.  Even the ones who lived miles away can't forget it.  In fact, I didn't even live in Arkansas but every time I go to Judsonia I think of it.  Thank you so much for contributing to this blog with your comment.

November 07, 2010 03:01 PM
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Jerry Reed

I was 11 years old at the time of the big Judsonia Tornado.  We lived on a farm about a mile north of the little community of Midway.(now sure what it's called now).  I think if was called Midway because it's halfway between Judsonia and Bald Knob. We were out of the path of the storm, however the wind blew so strong straight toward the tornado that it blew down all the buildings on the farm except the main house. 

I want bore you with all my stories, but the one that stands out in my mind is kind of humorous and happened to my Dad. He was in the barn milking the cows when the storm hit.  The barn blew down on him.  When the wall came down on top of Dad, a wood hay manger held the wall up off Dad so he didn't get crushed.  He made it to the house while the wind was blowing at it's hardest.  He was carrying 2 big milk buckets with about 2 inches of milky water in the bottom.  He looked at Mom and said sheepishly "Sorry Mar, I spilled the milk."        

I was in the 6th grade at Bald Knob Elementary at the time.  Because my Dad didn't have barns for the cattle after the storm we moved to a farm at Rocky Point.  As a result of the move I changed schools and graduated from Judsonia High School in the class of '58.   

June 20, 2012 10:56 AM
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Jerry, thank you so much for sharing your Judsonia tornado story.  Someday perhaps this blog can be used to help someone write a book.  The story about your dad and the milk is sorta funny!   It is also sorta funny that even though Judsonia blew away and Bald Knob didn't you finished school at Judsonia instead of Bald Knob!  It was a memorable event and no one who lived through it has forgotten it.

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