Mr. Jim Hilterbrand:

In May of 1957 with graduation approaching for Van Buren, Missouri high school, the tornado struck.  A young man named Dick Thornton lived on Trumble Hill with his family.  His cap and gown were lost to the winds of the tornado.  As I recall it was too late to get another so Dick graduated without a cap or gown.

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