Re: Recollecting the March 22, 1957 5.3 Earthquake

05/03/09 - posted by Ray Shanahan

Thanks paul, for the memories of St. Thomas and sister Madeline Marie. She was very sweet and kind as I remember. I was in the eighth grade and we were outside at recess and the basketball pole was swaying in the schoolyard, at least that is what I remembered.

We sometimes went home at lunch time, as we lived around the corner from the school on 40th avenue.
When I got home my mother was making lunch and their was a jar of mayonnaise that had fallen to the floor. My brother and I had tuna fish sandwiches served to us, in the backyard, by our mother as she didn't want us to stay in the house. We returned to school after lunch and I don't remember any after shocks until later that afternoon at home.

My older sister Vivienne, who was a junior at Mercy High, came home later that afternoon and described the damages to us that had occured there that day. Of course Mercy sat right near the fault line.

The Western Neighborhoods Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.