With 300 homes destroyed due to Mother Nature and half of the buildings in the city damaged Xenia had to rebuild from the bottom up.
By April 3, 1975, 80 percent of the homes destroyed and 40 percent of businesses had been rebuilt. However, it would take almost a decade later to rebuild and repair all the structures that were damaged, according to Ohio Memory.
Mark Manley, former teacher at Simon Kenton Elementary, was at home with his family, huddled in the hallway when the storm hit.
Manley told Dayton Daily News in 2014, “I think that people forget that we have within ourselves, as a community, to come together and do anything … If people come together and they’re focused on a mission, they can make it happen.”
Aldine Printing Company of Xenia printed bumper stickers “Xenia Lives” just days after the events of April 3 showcasing the strength and fortitude of the citizens of Xenia.