The theme for Week 14 (and the monthly theme for April) is “Check It Out.” We often use this phrase when we want someone to pay attention to something neat. (“Hey! Check it out!”) It’s also something you do with some library books.
My college work-study job was at the Hallie Quinn Brown Library. It was a time before the use of computers. I was reshelving books and checking them in and out. On April 3, 1974, a tornado leveled Central State University library, along with 80 percent of the campus, killing four people and injuring 20. Other universities throughout Ohio offered books and other instructional materials. Alumni provided funds and support for the restoration. Classes resumed by April 16 in makeshift structures, and the June 1974 commencement proceeded. I was present at that ceremony because my sister Joyce received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
My great Aunt Sadie Sloss and her two sons lived near Dayton, Ohio, about 16 miles west of Central State in 1974. I use to visit them during my breaks while attending CSU. According to the Dayton Daily News, Dayton reported three deaths due to the tornado. My family was save. I couldn’t resist searching for them in the newly released 1950 U.S., Federal Census.
1950 U.S. Federal Census, Davidson County, Tennessee, Nashville for Raymond Westmoreland