Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Sue and Sam Ward, February 8, 2017

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Stamping Ground tornado of 1974

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Partial Transcript: Hi, this is Julia Taylor.

Segment Synopsis: Sue Ward begins by reading an account of the tornado that hit Stamping Ground, Kentucky on April 3, 1974. She and Sam talk about how they were warned of the coming storm and where they evacuated to.

Keywords: All clear; Basements; Children; Evacuation; Family; Mobile homes; Parents; Shelter; Telephone calls; Trailers; Warnings

Subjects: Families.; Stamping Ground (Ky.); Tornado damage; Tornadoes.

GPS: Stamping Ground (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.271667, -84.684444
00:03:05 - Destruction caused by the tornado

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Partial Transcript: I went back to the trailer park. About an hour's time had gone by.

Segment Synopsis: Sam Ward talks about seeing the destruction to his home when he returned after the tornado. He and Sue talk about where they lived temporarily after the storm.

Keywords: Contact; Damage; Debris; Destruction; Family; Houses; Living; Loss; Mobile homes; Parents; Phone service; Trailer parks; Trailers

Subjects: Families.; Stamping Ground (Ky.); Tornado damage; Tornadoes.

GPS: Stamping Ground (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.271667, -84.684444
00:05:33 - Assistance they received after the tornado

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Partial Transcript: Um, you know, so how long did it take for you all--

Segment Synopsis: Sue and Sam Ward talk about some of the ways they were assisted by the community after the storm, including gifts from their church as well as friends and family.

Keywords: Assistance; Baptist Church; Churches; Clothes; Corinth Christian Church; Family; Friends; Gifts; Help

Subjects: Families.; Stamping Ground (Ky.); Tornado damage; Tornadoes.

GPS: Stamping Ground (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.271667, -84.684444
00:07:19 - The Wards' personal background

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Partial Transcript: Um, I was a little curious.

Segment Synopsis: Sue says she grew up in Stamping Ground while Sam was raised in Lexington. They talk about how they met at a local restaurant and when they were married.

Keywords: Childhood; Churches; First meeting; Married; Personal history; Schools; The Bluegrass Restaurant

Subjects: Families.; Lexington (Ky.); Marriage; Stamping Ground (Ky.)

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.029722, -84.494722
00:09:12 - The Wards' children

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Partial Transcript: And we had--we each had children from the previous marriage.

Segment Synopsis: Sue and Sam Ward talk about their children and whether their school attendance was affected by the tornado.

Keywords: Children; Damage; Daughters; Disruptions; Schooling; Schools; Sons

Subjects: Education--Kentucky; Families.; Stamping Ground (Ky.); Tornado damage; Tornadoes.

GPS: Stamping Ground (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.271667, -84.684444
00:10:42 - The Wards' jobs

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Partial Transcript: And then, let's see.

Segment Synopsis: The Wards talk about the jobs they were each working at the time of the tornado and whether their employment was affected by the storm. Sam talks about a car accident he was in shortly after the tornado.

Keywords: Accidents; Brock McVey; Cars; Commuting; Damage; Destruction; Farmer's Bank; Georgetown (Ky.); Lexington (Ky.); Vehicles; Wrecks

Subjects: Employment--Kentucky; Stamping Ground (Ky.); Tornado damage; Tornadoes.

GPS: Georgetown (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.209722, -84.56
00:12:28 - Rebuilding after the tornado

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Partial Transcript: Um, it looks like--

Segment Synopsis: The Wards talk about rebuilding after the tornado and talk more about the assistance they received from their church, friends, and family.

Keywords: Assistance; Children; Churches; Clothes; Community; Damage; Destruction; Donations; Friends; Help; Mennonites; Mobile homes; Rebuilding; Relocating; Trailers; Working

Subjects: Families.; Stamping Ground (Ky.); Tornado damage; Tornadoes.

GPS: Stamping Ground (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.271667, -84.684444
00:14:49 - Law and order after the tornado

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Partial Transcript: Um, s--another question.

Segment Synopsis: Sam talks about whether there was looting after the storm and talks about finding many guns in the debris. He talks about the reaction time of the Army Reserves to the destruction, and they say it was a miracle that no one in Stamping Ground was killed.

Keywords: Army Reserves; Found; Guns; Hurt; Injuries; Looting; Mr. Parker; Reaction times; Shotguns; Stealing; Stolen; Theft; Trailer parks; War zones

Subjects: Stamping Ground (Ky.); Tornado damage; Tornadoes.

GPS: Stamping Ground (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.271667, -84.684444
00:17:23 - The tornado's effect on the community

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Partial Transcript: Um, so you said that, um, that you all--there was really not much of a change with the church for you all...

Segment Synopsis: The Wards discuss whether the storm had any impact on church attendance and camaraderie amongst neighbors. They say that someone found one of their canceled checks all the way in Dayton, Kentucky. They talk more about how it was a miracle that no one in Stamping Ground was killed by the tornado. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Affect; Assistance; Canceled checks; Casualties; Changes; Church leaders; Churches; Community; Dayton (Ky.); Distance; Effects; Friends; Joe Wilhoit; Life; Lucky; Married; Neighbors; Newcomers; Preachers; Rebuilding; Strangers; Thankful

Subjects: Stamping Ground (Ky.); Tornado damage; Tornadoes.

GPS: Stamping Ground (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.271667, -84.684444