This is what Hurricane Sandy did to Tier's house when it roared through Cromwell in October 2012. Mr. Tierney
was still living there, but fortunately sleeping on the other side when the house got struck. Here's what Paul Allatta says in a recent e-mail to everyone: "The destruction all over Morris County is just unbelievable. Just
picture the woods between Cromwell Hills and Terry Drive. Between my old house and McDonald's house lets say.
There are sections all over here in Chester where the woods, that size, are just completely blown over. On the
ground, on houses, cars, trucks, wires etc. Thousands of trees, no exageration, thousands of trees. Telephone poles
and electric poles are still down. They ran out of poles. It is absolutely amazing. Most of us have power, but it was
truly a wild ride for 2½ weeks." T says they are going to rebuild. And these pictures were taken by his brother Richard, who lives with his family on Flintlock.
The latest from Tier (Feb. 2013) about the house is this: "The house has been sold to a builder who will demolish it and rebuild it. Closing is Tuesday. We are having an estate sale at my brother's house. I think it is Feb 22nd & 23rd. I am flying up this Saturday (Feb. 16) to attempt to recover any belongings.
I am also going to try to gain entry into my parent's closet by digging through sheetrock as normal access is blocked by debris. Last time home I found my parent's wedding album. I am in search of my Dad's Marine uniform, a nativity scene that my Dad built out of a milk crate in 1960, a box of pictures I had stashed up in the attic, a Sly & Family Stone Album, and a pair of walkie talkies from Christmas 1962. I think half of one antenna is still over at Geb's house."
This is what Tier writes to everyone in an e-mail on March 1st:
I am flying up again to NJ tomorrow (Saturday-Monday) for a last ditch effort to get more memorabilia/family artifacts out of #9 Chimney Ridge Drive as we close on the house Monday or Tuesday. This trip will be to hopefully cut through walls to gain access to closets and dressers whose normal entry is blocked.
Jacko, I land at 10:40 am. I’ll call you to let you know when I will be in Cromwell. See down below for when he was.
Last trip home I found the following:
My Dad’s items
- High School Varsity Letters from Xavier High School
- Wedding Ring
- Autographed baseball from the members of the 1969 World Championship NY Mets courtesy of Duffy Dyer
- Telephoto lens
- Dental tool (at one time he was going to be a dentist)
- Marine hat ( green soft garrison cap, sometimes nicknamed a "piss cutter")
- US Marine “Captains bars”
- US Marine “insignia” (Eagle, Globe, and Anchor)
- Marine dispatch orders to Korea
- Marine release orders in accordance with Geneva Convention
- Marine cuff links
Did not find Marine uniform and hard-framed service cap, yet
|A Poster. While I was sifting through items in the garage a family member handed me a poster that they found and said “this is yours.” I thought
that it was my Farah Fawcett poster or perhaps my poster of a nun ripping open her blouse to reveal a Che Guevara tattoo. Instead it was “The Canoe Trip poster.” All the better.|