There were 1,400 people displaced in Elkhart County from the tornadoes and more than 100 vehicles were severely damaged or destroyed with some of them found in fields sticking straight up, he added.
Darlene and William Strawn of Goshen attended the remembrance event to learn about the history surrounding the storms.
“We’ve lived in Goshen for 11 years and heard about the tornadoes,” Darlene said. “We decided to come and see what had happened.”
Anna Umbower of Goshen was only 2 years old in 1965 and has no recollection of what happened.
“I remember my parents and grandparents talking about the storm,” Umbower said, while looking at the newspapers and photos on display in a glass case.
She pointed to the front page with the news of President Lyndon Johnson visiting Elkhart County and shook her head.
“And to think the president came here,” Umbower said.
The Elkhart County Historical Museum is seeking written stories and memories from Elkhart County residents in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the Palm Sunday tornadoes in 2015. For more information, call the museum at 574-848-4322.