Bath, MI School Disaster, May 1927

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The Bath School disaster is the name given to three bombings in Bath Township, Michigan, USA, on May 18, 1927, which killed 45 people and injured 58. Most of the victims were children in the second to sixth grades attending the Bath Consolidated School. Their deaths constitute the deadliest act of mass murder in a school in U.S. history. The perpetrator was school board member ANDREW KEHOE, who was upset by a property tax that had been levied to fund the construction of the school building. He blamed the additional tax for financial hardships which led to foreclosure proceedings against his farm. These events apparently provoked KEHOE to plan his attack.

On the morning of May 18, KEHOE first killed his wife and then set his farm buildings on fire. As fire fighters arrived at the farm, an explosion devastated the north wing of the school building, killing many of the people inside. KEHOE used a detonator to ignite dynamite and hundreds of pounds of pyrotol which he had secretly planted inside the school over the course of many months. As rescuers started gathering at the school, Kehoe drove up, stopped, and detonated a bomb inside his shrapnel-filled vehicle, killing himself and the school superintendent, and killing and injuring several others. During the rescue efforts, searchers discovered an additional 500 pounds (230 kg) of unexploded dynamite and pyrotol planted throughout the basement of the school's south wing. Read more from wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_School_disaster

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IN MEMORY
OF THOSE WHO PERISHED
IN THE BATH SCHOOL DISASTER, MAY 18, 1927

Emory E. Huyck, Superintendent
Blanche E. Harte, Teacher
Miss Hazel I. Weatherby, Teacher
Children
Arnold V. Bauerle
Herman Bergan
Henry Bergan
Amelia Bromund
Robert Bromund
Floyd E. Burnett
Russell Chapman
Cleo Claton
Robert Cochran
Ralph A. Cushman
Earl E. Ewing
Katherine O. Foote
Margory Fritz
Carlyle W. Geisenhaver
Beatrice Gibbs
George Hall
Willa M. Hall
Iola I. Hart
Percy E. Hart
Vivian O. Hart
Gailand L. Harte
LaVere R. Harte
Stanley H. Harte
Francis O. Hoppener
Cecial L. Hunter
Doris E. Johns
Thelma I. McDonald
Clarence W. McFarren
J. Emerosn Medcoff
Emma A. Nichols
Richard D. Richardson
Elsie M. Robb
Pauline M. Shirts
Elizabeth J. Witchell
Lucile J. Witchell
Harold L. Woodman
George O. Zimmerman
Lloyd Zimmerman
Nelson McFarren, citizen
Glenn O. Smith, citizen

Plaque commemorating the victims of the Bath School disaster, May 18, 1927. Bath Township, Michigan.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Bath_School_Disaster_Victims.jpeg

List of Injured from "The Bath School Disaster" by Monty J. Ellsworth.
BABCOCK, LLOYD.
BABCOCK, VERA.
BABCOCK, NORRIS.
BARNES, RUTH M.
BRASKA, ANNA.
CHAPMAN, EARL.
DELAU, ARTHUR.
DELAU, IDA.
DETLUFF, IDA.
DOLTON, ADABELLE.
ECHSTRUTH, IVA.
ECHSTRUTH, RAYMOND.
ECHSTRUTH, MARIAN.
ENGLAND, JOSEPHINE.
FOSTER, JAMES.
FREDERICK, ALTHEA.
FULTON, DOROTHY.
FRITZ, MR. F. M.
GEISENHAVER, KENNETH.
GUTEKUNST, MISS LEONA, teacher.
GUBBINS, MISS EVA, teacher.
HART, ELVA.
HART, PERRY.
HOBERT, HELEN E.
HOBERT, RALPH R.
HOLLISTER, CARLTON, F.
HUFFMAN, JUNE ROSE.
HUFFMAN, DONALD J.
HUNTER, FLORENCE EDITH.
KOMM, HELEN.
KOMM, FLORENCE.
KING, LESTER.
MATSON, MISS NINA, teacher.
McCOY, PAULINE MAE.
McCOY, WILLIS.
McKENZIE, HAROLD.
MAST, LEE HENRY.
MEDCOFF, THELMA.
NICKOLS, RUTH.
NICKOLS, OTTELIA.
PERRONE, MRS. J.
PROCTOR, EARL FRED.
PROCTOR, RALPH EDMUND.
REASONER, LEE.
REED, LILLIAN M.
RIKER, ORAL.
RICHARDSON, VIRGINIA BLANCHE.
RICHARDSON, MARTHA HARRIETTE.
ROUNDS, JACK.
SAGE, NORMAN.
SEELEY, IVAN FREEMONT.
STOLLS, LESTER.
STEBLETON, GAIL EDMUND.
STIVAVISKE, STEVE.
SWEET, AVA THELMA.
WILSON, ARDIS.
WITCHELL, KENNETH.
ZAVISTOSKI, CECELIA.

More on the Bath School Disaster at wikipedia.org, including an in depth look at the Andrew Kehoe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_School_disaster

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Bath School Disaster

There is an excellent set of pages on the Bath School Disaster here: http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bauerle/disaster.htm
These pages are made by a descendent of survivors, whose great-uncle was killed in the blast.
There are also several good links at the bottom of the page to other sources and pages about the event.