Bath, MI School Disaster, May 1927
MANIAC BLOWS UP SCHOOL, KILLS 42, MOSTLY CHILDREN; HAD PROTESTED HIGH TAXES
33 PUPILS AMONG VICTIMS
He Then Kills Himself and 3 Others by Dynamiting Auto in Bath, Mich.
CHILDREN PINNED IN DEBRIS
Others Hurled Against Walls or Out Windows – Searchers Still Hunt for Missing
AGONIZING SCENES IN YARD
Distraught Parents Find Little Ones Dead Beneath Blankets – 85 to 95 Injured.
(Special to The New York Times)
BATH, Mich., May 18. -- The insane revenge of a man maddened by financial worries brought death to at least thirty-three children today when the Consolidated School in this little village of 300 souls, eight miles north-east of Lansing, was dynamited just after the morning bell had called the classes together. Forty-one dead have been identified and one is still unknown.
The north end of the school collapsed, and undoubtedly there are bodies buried in the debris. From eighty-five to ninety-five were injured.
ANDREW KEHOE, Treasurer of the village School Board, was the man who placed in the basement of the school the dynamite that wrecked one wing of the building and brought death and injury to children and teachers. KEHOE'S house and barn, a mile or so out of town, were destroyed in another explosion and fire caused by himself a little before the blast in the school.
KEHOE himself was killed, together with EMORY E. HUYCK, Superintendent of the school, in a third explosion, this one in KEHOE'S car as it stood in front of the demolished school a half hour after the disaster there.
A mortgage on KEHOE'S farm was foreclosed last week. He was heard to complain that the high school taxes made it impossible for him to lift the mortgage. It is believed KEHOE'S mad act was caused by his desire for revenge on the School Board.
One teacher was killed and three seriously injured. The village postmaster was injured and later died.
Hunt for Bodies by Searchlight.
Under the lurid glare of searchlights, playing on a tangled bed of ruins, State Police and volunteer workers continued the search tonight for missing children. The list of dead was placed at forty-two late tonight by Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Searl of Clinton County, who is directing the rescue work.
Forty-four of the seriously injured were in Lansing hospitals and between forty and fifty, with minor injuries were in their homes here.
Witnesses say that KEHOE sat in his automobile in front of the school and gloated as he watched the bodies of the children hurled into the air by his diabolical plot. The, as the ruins of the wrecked building settled on the dead and dying children, he fired the dynamite in his own automobile killing himself, HUYCK, GLENN SMITH, postmaster, and SMITH'S father-in-law, NELSON McFARREN.
List of the Identified Dead.
Following are the known dead:
BAUERLE, ARNOLD VICTOR.
BROMUND, ROBERT, 12.
BROMUND, AMELIA, 11; sister of ROBERT.
BURNETT, FLOYD EDWIN.
CHAPMAN, RUSSELL, 10.
COCKRAN, ROBERT, 8.
CUSHMAN, RALPH ALBERT, 7.
EWING, EARL EDWIN, 12.
FOOTE, KATHERINE ONALEE, 11.
GEISENHAVER, CARLYLE, 10.
HALL, WILLA MARIE, 11.
HALL, GEORGE, JR., 8; brother of WILLA.
HARTE, STANLEY HORACE, 10.
HARTE, BLANCHE ELIZABETH, teacher.
HARTE, LaVERE ROBERT, 9.
HART, VIVIAN OLETTA, 10.
HART, PERCY EUGENE, 12.
HART, IOLA IRENE, 13.
HARTE, GAILAND LYLE.
HOPPENER, FRANCIS OTTO.
HUNTER, CECIL LOREN, 14.
HUYCK, EMORY E., Superintendent of School.
JOHNS, DORIS ELAINE, 10.
KEHOE, ANDREW P., Treasurer of School Board.
McDONALD, THELMA IRENE
McFARREN, CLARENCE WENDELL, 14.
McFARHEN, NELSON, retired farmer.
MEDCOFF, J. EMERSON.
NICKOLS, EMMA AMELIA, 12.
RICHARDSON, RICHARD DIBBLE, 13.
ROBB, ELSIE MILDRED, 11.
SHIRTS, PAULINE MAE.
SMITH, GLENN O., Postmaster.
WEATHERBY, MISS HAZEL IVA, 20, teacher, of Okemos.
WITCHELL, ELIZABETH JANE.
WITCHELL, LUCILLE JUNE, sister of ELIZABETH.
WOODMAN, HAROLD LENORE, 9.
ZIMMERMAN, LLOYD, 12.
ZIMMERMAN, GEORGE ORVAL, 10.