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Date Posted: 23:21:09 06/10/09 Wed
Author: Diana W.
Subject: Tornado

Yes, Rich, there were at least two farms on Flanders Road that lost animals - cattle and horses, during the tornado of 1953 - the Zuretti farm(I'm not sure of the spelling any more) and the Walkup farm. I lived just beyond those farms and was home with my twin sister and another sister who was just two years older. We were playing Old Maid when the wind came up. Good thing we ran to the window to see what was happening because one chimney crashed into the bedroom where we were playing. We lost all the Elm and Chestnut trees on our property, and all five chimneys on the house, as well. We three decided to run to a neighbor's house (not such a smart decision, but what did we know!) and I was tossed through the air like super-girl - actually thrown back into the house. I remember looking out the front door (which I couldn't open for some reason) and seeing one sister clinging desperately to the grass. My older sister returned to help me get out of the house. We made our way over downed trees, debris and dancing, live (!) wires to the neighbor's house. My sister Sharon had said that very morning at breakfast that it was a good thing that we lived in Massachusetts because tornados didn't happen in New England!

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[> Re: Tornado -- Rich Boyd, 01:57:39 06/11/09 Thu [1]

The person killed on Flanders Road was "Mrs Timothy Cahill". Her son, James Cahill, age 12, was admitted to Framingham Union Hospital.

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