Fargo man reminisces about 1957 tornado after seeing old interview footageFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We had a special message here at WDAY overnight from a viewer who has a special connection to the 1957 Fargo Tornado.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We had a special message here at WDAY overnight from a viewer who has a special connection to the 1957 Fargo Tornado.
As George Stanley watched our story, he saw himself being interviewed by WDAY's Bill Weaver shortly after the tornado hit. George was just 8 at the time.
65-year-old George Stanley flips through the photos his mother took of the 1957 Fargo tornado. This is the school, Golden Ridge School.
George Stanley, Witnessed 1957 Tornado: “I could see it go right over our house.”
And George had his own moment in the spotlight, when WDAY's Bill Weaver interviewed him, in the glasses, and his buddy Ronnie Schick about losing their elementary school, Golden Ridge.
The trouble is, so few people living in the tornado ravaged area never saw it.
Stanley: “It was all exciting because we were going to be on TV but we could not see it because we did not have power.”
But George tells us that days after the tornado, following the clean-up, those hit hard by the devastation gathered together.
Stanley: “WDAY showed all the footage from the tornado.”
Decades after the tornado, those who lived through the horror, never forget it.
Stanley: “It defined this neighborhood. It was unreal what we seen, no way to describe what it does.”
One night, a terrible twister, still etched into the memory of those who survived it.
Golden Ridge Elementary was never re-built. Madison Elementary is now located a few blocks north of the site.