Worcester,Mass - Places of the Past, Hurricane of 1938
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Jeff Cote - Report this comment
This hurricane also tore the steeple off Grace Baptist Church (originally Harlem Street Baptist Church) on Vernon Hill. The congregation found it in the street and never replaced it.
Dorothy J. Smith - Report this comment
I was 7 years old when this hit. My Mum said "Come on girls there is such a nice wind and it's blowing down the butternuts!" So we picked up the butternuts before the tree came down!!!!. Have pictures of my Mum, Aunt and 4 of us kids sitting on one of the big trees across Washington St. in Canton, Mass. Don't know where they are now after all these years.
Tamara - Report this comment
Wow!!! That is brutal, I would hate to have to be the one to go through that. My deepest sypathies to all survivors!
katelyn - Report this comment
the hurricane of 38 was one of the most strongest and most destructive hurricane ever to hit new england! (fact)
Al Warhurst - Report this comment
I was born March 3rd 1938 lived in Rouchdale. I remember my mother telling the roof blew off our garage, pretty bad storm. Al
Frank R Albrizio, Jr. - Report this comment
This photo of the First Unitarian Church in Worcester shows the devestation of the 1938 hurricane. I am 39 years old and recall growing up when my aunt will tell me stories of the "great 38 storm," which came on without warning and was so destructive that it destroyed many homes, buildings and made life in Worcester (and throughout New England) difficult for a long time. I pass this church everyday now and it is astounding to see the picture and, now, the actual church. I live near the old Classical High, which was heavily damaged in pictures, which is two blocks from my home. Your site helped me realize the extent of the damage, and the fact that my home (an historic Greek Revival on Crown Hill, built 1851) was likely heavily damaged and has intriqued me to go searching throughout my place for evidence of repairs from the 38 hurricane. - Frank Albrizio, Age 39, Worcester, Mass.
Eric- June 23, 2008 - Report this comment
My grandmother used to tell me stories of this disaster and my Dad remembers some, but was real young when it hit. My Mom gave me some grea old snapshots of the damage her uncle took, including Classical HS and Columbus Park area. Tow great books written in recent years were: "Sudden Sea" and "The Great Hurricane: 1938." Check 'em out!
davemonahanjr- November 23, 2008 - Report this comment
my grandpa ran a mercantile grocery in west millbury when the storm rolled in he took ellen janet and dorathy and headed to higher ground he told bystanders the doors to the store are open if anyone needs anything some items were missing the next day and rightley so
Jean- August 25, 2011 - Report this comment
I was 5 yrs. old the day the '38 hurricane blew through Worcester. Standing on the porch with my grandparents on Henchman St, we watched as a large tree in front of Ritzi's Market, toppled and crashed into the store front. My parents were driving on Main St. when the Unitarian Church steeple fell. The street was flooded, they had to turn down Thomas St. also flooded, water came in the car but they somehow made it up Lincoln St.
jan patton gardiner- August 26, 2011 - Report this comment
We lived near Newton Square at the time-I was 3 years old-the wind was frightening! When the storm cleared, we drove downtown to see "our church". I remember viewing the damage from on my father's shoulders. Until I went to college I went to that church with my entire family and had perfect attendance in the Sunday School most years. In Dec. 1958 I was married in this beautiful space and came to visit often before moving to Miami in 1971. Dr. Maxwell Savage preached for years but Dr. W.D. Kring officiated at the "nups". Dr. Green led the Choir of which I was a loyal and proud member. I loved being in the plays that the Youth group with the help of the adults presented. My parents were very involved in the congregational activities until they moved to The Willows in Westboro. Many, many wonderful memories!
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