1968 Freeburg, IL Tornado (page 2) 

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The folowing pictures were sent to me by Marianna Laughlin Andersson.  Marianna related the following about that night,

"My husband and I were returning from Belleville around 10P that night, and as we rounded the curve we were both puzzled and shocked.  Not a single light anywhere, and not a single car on the highway.  When we got to our house Annie Cravens, our babysitter, told us what had happened.  (Annie owned/ran that little diner N of town where the Peabody spur crossed 460 (?))  My husband said, when taking her home that the streets were nearly impassible.  Such a tragedy for that little town."

These pictures were taken by Nick Valk (Freeburg, IL (stamped on back)) and purchased from the Freeburg Tribune.

 

- Renner Funeral Home (Still stands on the north-west corner of South Richland and West Apple.)

 

- Renner Funeral Home (taken from the American Legion parking lot, looking north)

 

- The E.M. Wiegmann plant (now Hubble/Wiegmann) is still operational today and located on west Apple Street. (aka Douglas Rd.)

 

 

- Looking west on Apple Street (near the high school)

 

- Looking west on Apple Street. Intersection of Apple and Belleville.  (high school on left)

 

- Kerher trailer court.  The destroyed trailer court was on the south side of West Apple street between South Walnut street and South West street.

 

- Sign and destroyed buildings on west Apple Street (Douglas Road) as you come into town from the west.

 

- Freeburg Community High School (Picture taken along West Apple looking south)

 

- Freeburg Community High School (wider view of the picture above)

 

- Freeburg Community High School bus garage (Picture taken along South Monroe looking east)

 

- The buildings of the former Freeburg Milling Company is still standing. (now Dressler Grain company)

 

- The buildings of the former Freeburg Milling Company is still standing. (now Dressler Grain company)

 

- The buildings of the former Freeburg Milling Company is still standing. (now Dressler Grain company)

 

- Along west Apple Street.

 

 

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