September 2010 Meeting


Vienna Historical Society Meeting – September 28, 2010 – 7:00 p.m.

Agenda and discussions:

  1. Archive Project – Reminder this is on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. at the township hall except the last Tuesday of the month.  Discussed if a change of day/time is necessary.  Decided to stay with current day/time.
  2. Working on speakers for meetings for 2010 and 2011.
  3. Phil Pegg is working on putting the Township Green on the Historical Register.
  4. Treasurer Report:
    • $150.00 – checking
    • $183.00 – Merchants Day sales
  5. Items for sale include magnets, stickers, mugs, plates.
  6. Cemetery Walk – Discussed the following:
    • Scheduled for Saturday, October 23, 2010 and Sunday, October 24, 2010 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Cost is $3.00 per person for ages 12 and up.
    • Shirley Wajda has finished scripts and sent to Michelle Garman.
    • Vicki Anzur will advertise in local papers and media websites.  Michelle Garman will create and distribute flyer.
    • Julie Strama’s Girl Scout troop will offer child care.
    • Mathews Music Boosters will sell refreshments
    • Will meet again on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. to finalize plans, determine number of stations and establish route of walk
  7. Received invitation to speak at the Fowler Historical Society Meeting on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
  8. Mathews Music Boosters is selling calendars.  Consider placing ad for $50.00 that would include website, meeting dates and times.
  9. Scheduled next meeting for Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. to review Cemetery Walk

The following is a summary of stories that were shared by those present about the Tornado of 1947 that went through Vienna and surrounding areas:

  • Several residents perished, one of which was an infant.
  • Had to pass through National Guard to be let into town to deliver milk from Rishel’s Dairy. 
  • Medics would come through a couple times a week to tend to the injured.
  • Rev. Woodall was conducting the Burns Wedding at the Vienna Presbyterian Church.  They lost power and finished the ceremony by candlelight.
  • North Road (between Forestview & Rt. 522)  A father yelled for his daughter and 2 other siblings to lay down and then father laid on top of all.  We thought he had lost his mind, but after a while he got up and told us that we had just survived our first tornado.
  • First signs – Trees quivered and the air got hot.  Sky was an eerie green.  Was labeled a  “black tornado” compared to the tornado of 1985 which was a “white tornado.”  These were based on the color of the sky.  There were also different cloud formations present during each tornado.
  • Amazed at how some properties were destroyed and others left untouched. 
  • House was picked up and moved.
  • After tornado everyone really came together to help.  Civil Defense, Boy Scouts and fire department -  set up barriers, walked through the area checking on things and helping each other.
  • Went through area of Mines Road also.
  • Trumbull County had a good program – “Sky Warn.”

Submitted by Vicki Anzur, Secretary