Oak Lawn Public Library Oak Lawn Public Library Oak Lawn Public Library Pinterest YouTube Facebook Mobile site

CSS For Horizontal Menu Css3Menu.com

Book on sale now !!!


Back Cover:
The morning of April 21, 1967, was crisp and clear, marking the arrival of spring.  As the day progressed, dark clouds covered the skies over Oak Lawn, and a deadly tornado touched down west of the village just before 5:30 p.m.  Cutting through the intersection of Ninety-fifth Street and Southwest Highway and striking elsewhere, the storm left mountains of debris and over 30 people dead in its wake.  Oak Lawn Community High School, St. Gerald Catholic Church, and the Fairway Super Mart were among the structures damaged or destroyed by the high winds.  After the disaster, rescue workers and volunteers poured into Oak Lawn and neighboring communities to search for survivors, while Christ Community Hospital and other institutions treated nearly 500 injured people.  The immense cleanup, which took weeks to complete, saw debris hauled out or disposed of in controlled fires.  Despite the scope of the devastation, many of the affected structures were repaired or rebuilt within 12 months. 


Containing one hundred and eighty-seven photographs with captions and chapter introductions, "Images of America: Oak Lawn Tornado of 1967 ", highlights many different aspects of the storm and its impact the village.  The book is available for purchase (cash or check) at the library's second floor service desk for $16.99.     


Click here to order the book from Amazon!


Click here to order the book from Barnes & Noble!


Click here to visit Arcadia Publishing and learn more about the book! 

Images of America: Oak Lawn Tornado of 1967



Broken gas lines, surrounded by flammable materials, fed large blazes that spread quickly.  At the remains of the Fairway Super Mart, firemen used aerial ladders in an attempt to control the flames.  (Photograph by David A. Johnston; donated to the library by Tom Johnston.) 

Watched over by an Oak Lawn firefighter, the home of Robert Anderson, at 9610 South Marion Street, is consumed by fire.  In total, more than eighty structures across the village were disposed of in this manner.  (Photograph by Gary Settle; courtesy of the Oak Lawn Public Library.)



footer about the library privacy policy