Explosion Destroyed Limbocker Home
The S-Curve Has Been Slow
Changed In An Instant For The Limbocker Family In 1956
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Kelvin Limbocker was 4 years old and his sister Sandra 9 years old when they
were blown out of their house along with the walls when it exploded May 2, 1956.
They escaped serious injury but their mother Helen was seriously injured with
shattered vertebra and was hospitalized for a year. The explosion of accumulated
gas knocked out the walls and their mother was trapped under the roof in the
wreckage of their home adjacent to the S-Curve (at 122 N. 19th Place).
and Kelvin revisted the site of their former home this week. The home was relatively
new in 1956 when it exploded. Another home was then rebuilt at the same location
and they grew up there. The house was sold after their father's death in 1996.
That house was moved from the path of the S-Curve realignment in 2008.
uncle Bill (above) lived at 18th and Broadway and was partners with my dad at
The Collinsville News in 1956. -- Ted
photo of the new Limbocker home was taken not long before the explosion in 1956.
Kelvin and Sandra said they were asleep in the front corner bedroom (to the
left) when the home exploded.
and Sandra stopped by the Newspaper Museum Tuesday and saw (for the first time)
the 1956 newspaper coverage about the explosion and their family. Sandra said
about all she could actually remember was the flashing lights of the fire truck
that night. After spending about a year in the hospital their mother (Helen)
was finally able to come home and had only begun to walk on her own shortly
before getting bone cancer. She died about three years after the explosion.
and Sandra both graduated from Collinsville High School. Sandra lived away from
Collinsville many years (including 18 years in Tampa, Florida) before returning
to Collinsville less than 2 years ago. Kelvin Limbocker was in the appliance business
locally for many years (with only a brief stop in Sallisaw) before becoming the
pastor of the Collinsville's Faith Fellowship
Church in 1998. The church was formally called the Faith Assembly Church.
Pastor Limbocker was getting his shots this week in preparation for an upcoming
mission trip to the Phillipines.