Captivating the classroom: Mrs. Donna Nash’s 5th graders hear about the Griffin Tornado!

March 26th, 2012 @ // No Comments

Me, giving the presentation, with Donna Nash in the background on the right

POSEYVILLE, Ind.—Monday, March 19, was another busy day as Severe Weather Preparedness Week continued in Indiana, and the Death Rides the Sky crew took to the elementary school in Poseyville to tell Mrs. Donna Nash’s class about what happened 87 years ago in their home county.

The class was huge, the venue was the library, and the appreciation was evident as these kids listened for about 45 minutes with the intensity of those much older than their ages of 10 and 11. That the tornado happened 87 years and one day prior made no difference; like many who hear the story of the Tri-State Tornado for the first time, it was as if it were occurring right in front of them. The kids sat riveted through first the tale of Sam Flowers in Ellington, Missouri, all the way to just before Petersburg, Indiana, where the Tri-State Tornado finally gave out and was no more.

 Here is where I’m describing how Sam Flowers’ relatives found him after the storm….with his head lodged in the “V” of a tree trunk.

I was tickled to learn that weatherman Byron Douglas mentioned Mrs. Nash’s class that morning on his forecast at WFIE-TV in Evansville! I met Byron several years ago, before I got sick with MS, at a big presentation I gave for the book in Edwards County, where he was also a speaker…so thanks, Byron!!

We did make a video of this presentation, as did a couple other folks…we’re trying to get it all edited and to the DRTS YouTube Channel just as soon as possible





This is where I was describing how those in Gorham, Illinois, didn’t know that they were seeing a tornado coming at them, only a huge, rolling mass of clouds pushing the Mississippi River water—atomized—ahead of it. In the background is my daughter, Jade, who was with me in 1999-2000 when I did the research.


And now my favorite part: QUESTION & ANSWER!


These kids asked the most AMAZING questions!

It was a great event, and best of all, it looks like we’ll be going back to Poseyville soon, since on April 13, 14 and 15 the  high school is putting on “The Wizard of Oz”…and those who’ve heard my presentations know how I feel about THAT subject!

In the meantime, anyone in Poseyville can get with Donna Nash and let her know you need a book, and she’ll take the money for it and I’ll make sure to get one to her for you! Upcoming events in Southwestern Indiana include Princeton library Monday, March 26, 6 to 8 p.m.; the Griffin Alumni Reunion Saturday, April 28  (a BIG EVENT!) and the library in New Harmony (the Working Men’s Institute) on Saturday, May 12 from 10 to 1!

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