This was probably the worst of the many tornados of the afternoon - a double funnel that at times was almost a mile wide. And as so often seems to be the case, a trailer park was in the path. Of the 271 people killed by these tornadoes, 137 were in Indiana. One of the tornadoes tracked right over Goshen. It touched down briefly at the Elkart River dam, lifted and passed right over Rhonda's home at 414 Westwood Road, then touched down again east of town near the Elkart County Fairgrounds, and proceeded NE as a killer tornado. Elkhart County had the highest death toll amongst all of the counties affected - 62 perished.
Soon after the outbreak, emergency centers were set up and donations began to roll in - I believe that we sent some clothes. Similar to Obama's trip to the southeast, President Lyndon Johnson paid a visit to the Dunlap trailer park that was actually hit twice.
If you google Palm Sunday Tornadoes and click on Images, you will see some incredible pictures. Amongst all of the tragedy, there were a few odd events. The home of my good friend and college roommate John Riegsecker was half gone - one half missing and strewn about, the other half with the clothes still in the closet. Another house was intact but apparently had been lifted off the foundation, a cow deposited in the basement, and the house reset albeit off a bit. In the days and weeks afterwards, there was plenty of cleanup work to do, and I spent time cleaning up a woods. We "tree-aged" the trees, with some of them being carefully cut so that they could be sold for lumber [cherry] and others cut up for firewood [poplar]. Amazingly there were many trees still standing.