New London, TX School Explosion, Mar 1937

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[Transcriber's note: The following Fatality List was gathered from several different papers and sources. It was very hard to separate the names, different spellings, and if the individual actually had died. Please excuse any mistakes, spelling or otherwise, I made in preparing this list. Thank You]

Death List
NEW LONDON, March 19-20 (UP) - Following are the dead in the New London School catastrophe:
RUTH LOUISE ARNOLD, Teacher; AILEENE ANDERSON; ALMITA ALMON; LILLIAN ANDERSON; BOYD ABERCROMBIE; EVELYN ADAMS; BETTY R. APPLE; WAYNE S. ARNOLD; ELOISE BRISTER, Teacher; MARVIN BARTON; VIRGINIA BLANTON; JOHN ROBERT BUZBEE; OWEN BYRON; L. R. BUTLER; MISS LAURA BELL, Teacher; NELLIE BARNES, Teacher; MARGARET BAUCUM; OLLIE BARBER; ARDEN BARBER; NAOMI BUNTING; DONALD BARRETT; EDWARD BARRETT; PAULINE BARRETT; LAVERNE BARTON; EDWIN BASSETT; MARY BENNETT; BETTY LOU BENSON; NELLENE BISHOP; JOHN A. BLACKERBY, JR.; ELVIN N. BLACKFORD; GEORGE BONNER; ONEITA BONNER; HENRY B. BOWLIN; SYBIL BRADEN; BOBBIE BROWN; ELAINE BROWN; MARY CARNEY; ZANA JO CURRY; CHLOE CARR; BETTY LOU CURLEE; MURRAY D. CHOATE; JIMMIE CRUMBLEY; MILDRED L. CLAIR; KENNETH CORRIE; MARY L. CLARK; BYRON CLOVER; MARCELLA CUMMINGS; ANNABELLE CRIM; BILLY CHILDRESS; HELEN COLE; JACQUELINE CUVELIER; PERRY LEE COX; CHARLES R. COLLINS, JR.; FORREST COKER; J. A. DUNCAN; JANE DAMUTH; SRDYTH DAVIDSON; KENNETH DAVIS; WINNIFRED DRAKE; TRAVIS DIAL; DOROTHY DEARING; ANNA LAURA DAVIDSON; HELEN DAVIDSON; JUNE DAVIS; WANDA DICKERSON; SUE DUNCAN; ALICE DORSEY; JOE WHEELER DAVIDSON; ETHEL DORSEY; HOLLY JO ELLISON; DORIS ETHEREDGE; GEORGE EMBERLING; WANDA EMBERLING; JUANITA ELROD; EDWIN ELROD; EUGENE EAKES; CARL FREY, JR.; JACK FENTRESS; MARY FORD; MYRTLE FREEMAN; JAMES FEALLY; EMMA FRANCIS; MARJORIE FRANCIS; JOHN A. FORD; MARY ELLEN FOREMAN; HARUN D. GUNN; MARTHA GANDY; EDDIE GAUTHREAUX; TOM GUINN; PAUL GREER; ALLEN GERDES; MARCELLA GIPSON; R. A. GOFF, JR.; JOE CURRY GORDON, Teacher; ALVIN GERDES; EDWIN GRIGGS; MARELYN GIBSON; G. W. GIPSON; MRS. JOHN GARE, Teacher; BETTY GORDON; CHARLES HUNT; NORRIS HALE; FRANCIS HANKINS; HUBERT HUDSON; ELISHA HUDSON; ELIJAH HUDSON; LAURA HOUSER; IMOGENE HOUSER; LANETA HARDIE; ALITA HARDY; JESSE HOLT; BETTY HOLLEYMAN; EARNESTINE HOGUE; IRMA HODGES; MARTHA HARGIS; COY HARRELSON; BETTY HARRINGTON; MARY HARRINGTON; JAMES HARRIS; GEORGE HENSON; ROSE HAVERBEKE; JACKOLENE HATHAWAY; OSCAR G. HALL, JR.; JUANITA HERRON; CHARLES HASBROOK; MARCELE HANNA, Teacher; MELBA HUGHES; HELEN HARRELSON; MARY FRANCES HOOTEN; BETTY JO HODGES; G. J. HARDY; RUBY HUNT; MRS. LENA J. HUNT, Teacher; EMMA IRENE HALL; MARTHA ELLEN HOUSER; MARGARETTA HOGUE; BESSIE HOLLAND; GENEVA JOLLY; CHARLES G. JONES; FEDELIA LEE JONES; MAXINE JACOBS; HELEN JONES; KENNETH JOHNSON; WILLIAM KETCHUM; CLAUDELL KILGORE; MARY KING; ERNESRT KNIPE; RACHEL KNOTTS; ROBERT L. KRAUSE; MARTIN KRAUSS; MAUDINE KELLY; VIRGINIA LOE; ARZELL LLOYD; ROBERT LAMBERT; HOMER LATHAM; ANNIE MAE LECHTENBERG; FLORENCE LEE; HELEN LECHTENBERG; MARY LLOYD; JOHN LUMPKIN, JR.; W. O. LATHAM; SHIRLEY MYERS; MARJORIE MYERS; DONALD R. McCHESNEY; PATTY MOTE; VINCENT McCLURE; JAMES McGOVNEY; MRS. BILLIE MOORE; ALMA MONDAY; CARROLL MILLER; LATAINE McQUAID; J. E. MADDRY; DORIS MANCK; LOUISE MARTIN; A. RAY MIDDLETON; DORIS MELTON; EVELYN JO MAYHEW; HENRY MAXWELL; LOUISE MAXWELL; BILLIE MORFIELD; ANNA MARIE MILSTEAD; DESSIE MOORE; FLOYD MEADOWS, JR.; ZEKE MILLER, JR.; LANNIE McCUNE; W. C. McLAUGHLIN; SARAH JANE MILLS; JIM McGOVNEY; BLONDELL MAXWELL; VESTER A. NORTON; JOHN NEIL; JACKIE MAE NEWHAM; AUBREY NETHERTON; ORVILLE NEWELL; JACK NAIL; MOZELL NORTON; MRS. J. M. NELSON, Teacher; MRS. MARY ETHEL NEIL, Teacher; BILL NOTE, JR.; RAYMOND O'NEAL; CHARLES O'NEAL; SHIRLEY PARCHMAN; JOYCE PAYNE; LEWIS PAYNE; JAMES PHILLIPS; ROSE PHILLIPS; HAZEL PIERSON; CHRISTINE PLATT; LLOYD PRIDE; LONNIE PRIDE; ANNA PURCELL; EDNA PENCE; EDNA POWELL; FORREST PEARSON; JOHN HENRY PROPES, Teacher; MARIE PATTERSON, Secretary; MATTIE QUEENIE PRICE; CORNELIA RUTH PHILLIPS; VIRGIL PHILLIPS; JAMES PETTY; ESTHER RUCKER; LOUIS ROSWELL; THOMAS ROGERS; BILLY ROBERTS; DOROTHY RICHARDSON; JAMES RHODES; CURTIS REAMS; DOLORES RAY; HELEN JO RAINWATER; EVELYN RAINWATER; GABE RAGSDALE, JR.; H. D. ROBERTS; BETTY RIDER; ANNA MAXINE ROGERS; WILLIE RUTH ROBERTS; RUBY REED; AUBREY RAINWATER; ESTHER FAY RUCKER; CHARLES OLIVER RIDER; NORMA ROBERTS; R. B. ROBERTS; LAWRENCE SWIFT; EARL SCOTT; BASIL SALYER; ROBERT SALLEE; DOROTHY SHAW; MARVIN SHAW; SAMBO SHAW; SAMMIE SHOEMATE; ABNER SMITH; BOBBY SMITH; SAM SMITH, JR.; ANNE SMOOT; HELEN SMOOT; WILLIAM E. SOWELL; MARSHALL STARKS; MAUDINE STEVENS; LEE H. STONE, Teacher; GLENDELL SUTHERLIN; MATTIE SMITH; GERALDINE STEARNS; MOUDINE STEVENS; A. W. STUBBLEFIELD; CARL STAGGS; ROBERT SHOEMAKER; IVA JO SMITH; DAVID SCOTT; HENRY STEELE; RUTH SMITH; PHILO STEPHENS; MILDRED THOMPSON; CHARLES TAYLOR; JAMES TATUM, JR.; MARGIE THIEBALD; WILLIE H. TATE, Teacher; LIZZIE ELLA THOMPSON, Teacher; BILLY TIPP; WALTER THOMPSON; MARY E. VINES; ANNA WAGGONER; MRS. ALVIN WALKER; EDDA WALKER; ANNIE WALKER; S. J. WARTHAN; DORIS WYCHE; BERNICE WOMACK; LOIS WATKINS; DORIS WELLS; AUBREY WILLIAMS; EMMA WILLIAMS; MARY LOU WILLIS; KATIE WATSON, Teacher; LOUIS WALLER, Teacher; HERMAN WALKER; DORIS D. WILLIAMS; DOROTHY WHITE; FLORENCE WARREN; ANNA BELL WAGNER; THOMAS M. WOOLLEY; MARY WALKER; GLENN WOOD; MARY JO WEBB; MOZELLE YOUNG; DALE MAY YORK.

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The New London School disaster killed more than 295 students and teachers, making it the deadliest school disaster in American history. As of 2014, the event is the third deadliest disaster in the history of Texas, after the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, and the 1947 Texas City Disaster.

More information on the school disaster:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_London_School_explosion

Comments

The odor additive was

The odor additive was available at the time, but it was optional, and carried an additional charge. The school, for the sake of economy, was getting raw, odorless gas straight from the field.
You are correct that this incident led to the passing of the law that mandated the addition of the odor to natural gas.

Gas odor

Natural gas didn't have any odor or color until TX Leg. passed a law after this explosion. Page 1 and/or 2.