Friday, July 26, 2013

Clean-up Continues At Thompson Park

On Tuesday night, July 23, a tornado was thought to hit the Thompson Park area of East Liverpool, but instead it was a down burst, according to the Morning Journal.

Still, the damage that the "down burst" did was dramatic with winds of 80 to 90 miles per hour.
I took a walk at the park today, and this is what I saw:
 Cleaning crews are working hard to get the park cleaned up, at least on the top, around the circle.  There are leaves and small branches all over the park, almost like fall, accept the  leaves are all green instead of fall colors. 
 This road loops up across the upper most part of the park and it is still a mess.  But considering the pictures I saw of the mess that was in the park, it is remarkable what has been cleaned up already! 
 This is one of the large trees on the circle that was literally blown down during the storm.  It is still there, as crews are working on getting the paths and walkways cleaned up first.
There were a few people out walking the circle and all of the landmarks about the park are perfectly fine.  The time capsule, amphitheater, pavilion 1, and tennis courts all fine. 

The most important thing to remember right now is the park is basically closed.  You can go on the walking circle only.  There is still extensive damage below, including downed trees apparently in the swimming pool.  Please help the park out by not going into the danger areas so they can get everything cleaned up and ready for you to enjoy once again!

Commander John J. Cornwell-Memorial in Lisbon Cemetery

 There are several grave markers in the Lisbon Cemetery that have remarkable stories actually written on them.  Or, at least enough information to help you find their remarkable story.  On the marker  for Commander John Cornwell it tells that it is in his memory, that he was a Commander in the U.S. Navy, and that he is buried in  Toulon, France.  It also gives the date of his death as Feb 12, 1867.

Putting Mr. Cornwell into the computer, his whole story comes up.  It was written by East Liverpool's own, Timothy Brookes, a local historian who has slid into the place of the amazing Joan Witt, who died suddenly in April of last year.
He wrote it for a publication called the Salt Water Buckeye.
 My favorite thing about that article is  the picture you find of Commander Cornwell.  You actually see what he looked like.  It is always nice to have a face to go with a name on a tombstone.  It makes them more real. 
He apparently died from too much stress, according to the ship surgeon, W.E. Taylor. He called the cause of death "Congestion of the brain."

Cornwell was the Commander of the double-turreted monitor, the U.S.S. Nahant.
First, what is a monitor?  A Monitor is the class of relatively small warship which was neither fast nor strongly armored but carried disproportionately large guns.
Second, what was the U.S.S. Nahant?

Here is a picture of the ship, commissioned in 1862.  Cornwell took command in 1865, right after the fall of Forte Sumter.

It was awesome to see a little of the past, just from reading a grave marker in Lisbon Cemetery.  I look forward to doing that again.