Belvidere Tornado Anniversary

"For 30 seconds I thought we were gonna die when that suction came nobody could breath I pulled my jacket over my face but I thought the party was over."

Luckily, Jim Turner is still here today to tell his story of the fatal 1967 tornado.

"My house was completely demolished a whole bunch of cattle we're laying around dead," Turner says.

At the same time, fellow Belvidere School Board member Doug Drake was cleaning teeth in his dental office. That's when he was called in to help sew wounds at St. Joseph Hospital, including his very own two sons.

"The one who's head I sewed up had been taken to the morgue and on of the local physicians checked the people into the morgue and said get this one out he's alive," Drake says. "And pretty soon they brought in one of my other sons who they had pulled out from underneath a bus that have rolled over and somehow he was under the bus."

Fortunately, neither injuries were life threatening, but both sons are haunted to this day.

"If you mention tornadoes or strong winds those boys eyes get as big as that."

Both men have remained friends over the years and say it's important to remember how well the community came together in a time of crisis

There are several events going on Saturday at Belvidere High School in memory of the tornado. There's an open house from 11 to 3 and the unveiling of the tornado memorial at 3:30. Plus, the Boone County Historical Society is selling a book filled with tornado tales at the high school for 30-dollars. If you can't pick one up then, just head over to the museum at another time.


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