Fifty-four years ago, on this day of June 7, a tornado caused considerable damage in the larger Freeman community. Willis Wipf, a hobby photographer who owned Coast to Coast, recorded the twister on film from the backyard of his Freeman home, as well as damage around town afterward. This image of the tornado was part of a series of photos taken as the funnel cloud moved across the East Freeman landscape, damaging buildings on the Lloyd Schrag farm 7 miles northeast of Freeman. Wipf's series of photos gained worldwide attention because it was the first time images of a funnel cloud — from start to finish — had been photographed.
The tornado hit around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 7, and traveled from west to east across Freeman. While it disipated once it reached HIghway 81, another funnel — the one Wipf photographed — appeared east of town. The storm also caused damage in Viborg; five cabins and the staff house at Swan Lake Christian Camp was destoryed.