By: Jennie K. Hanson, Pine Journal
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I didn’t know of any tornadoes in our area, then I got the following interesting news about tornados from former Cromwell resident, Willis Mann. Some of the old timers may remember back in about 1947 or ’48 there was one that started as a waterspout on Island Lake, north of Highway 210. It picked up steam and headed for the Einar Lehti place, skirted the Lehtis’ house and homed in on their barn, smashing it to smithereens, before continuing northeast across Homstad Road. It apparently fizzled out before it got to the Dahlman, Maher, and Ben Mundahl places. I was standing with my brothers, my dad and Al Wackler on a hill on the edge of our farm (where David Homstad now lives), and we all saw the roof of the Lehti barn being carried up by the tornado, to be deposited some distance away in the woods. The sight of that barn roof spinning around in the vortex is one of my most vivid memories from those days. All the trees in the path of that twister were flattened just like a giant scythe had gone through. So, given the right conditions, tornados do happen in the Cromwell area.
There was also a tornado at Ailie Costello’s on Tamarack Lake. I guess it took the roof off the barn, but don’t know what year it was.
The Senior Awards Banquet will be held Wednesday, May 9, starting with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the program starting at 6:15 p.m. All seniors and parents meals will be covered by the student council with all others charged $6 at the door. This is always a great meal and the awards program is also wonderful.
The Women of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Wright invite all area mothers and daughters to their Annual Mother-Daughter Tea and Luncheon on Saturday, May 12, at 1:30 p.m.
Please reserve Sunday, May 20, on your calendar for the Bethlehem Campers fundraiser. It will be held right after church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with several venders and a free-will lunch served.
Congratulations to former Cromwell-Wright Superintendent Herb Hilinski who has been offered the superintendent’s job at Floodwood School for the next school year, effective July 1, 2012.
That’s all the news from Lake Vacationtimeiscomingsoon and hello to all our Cromwell-Wright seniors as they prepare for graduation and future plans. Remember people don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.
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