Pages From Our Past: Palm Sunday Tornadoes leave 52 dead in Elkhart County (1965)

As the Elkhart Truth celebrates its 125th anniversary, we look back at this front page from April 12, 1965.

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 9:01 a.m.

April 12, 1965: Palm Sunday tornadoes leave 52 dead in Elkhart County

The entire front page on this Monday was dedicated to the aftermath of the tornadoes that swept through the area the evening before, leaving 52 dead in Elkhart county and 110 throughout Indiana.

The main photo on the page shows a double tornado bearing down on Midway Trailer Park in Dunlap, where many were killed and injured. Also destroyed was the nearby Sunnyside Addition housing development.

Paul Huffman, the Truth photographer who shot the photo, gave his account of what he saw: “The extent of the damage was unbelieveable. At least 100 house trailers were destroyed. They were ripped from their frames, twirled about in the air, then sent crashing to the ground.”

Another story on the page relates many other accounts from those who were in the middle of the storms taking shelter in basements or came home later to find only ruins.

Other coverage on the page shows rescue efforts, as police, firemen and Red Cross volunteers combed debris for survivors, administered first aid and helped injured people get to the hospital. The story also gave information on where to donate money, clothing and food for storm victims.

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