Bath School Tragedy Part Two

The following is a list of victims of the Bath School Tragedy in 1927.
Source is:
BathSchoolInfo.com

Arnold V. Bauerle:
Born: February 15, 1919 in Dewitt Township, Clinton County
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents:  Henry Valentine Bauerle (4/1/1883-8/26/1957)
              Hertha Marie Elizabeth (Baske) Bauerle (1/4/1882-3/21/1968)
Siblings: Herbert Arthur Bauerle (3/12/1906-8/23/1975)
              Esther Elvera Bauerle (7/8/1922-7/27/1997)
Place of Burial: Dewitt Cemetery, Village of Dewitt, Dewitt Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: Section F, Row 18, north end of row.

Henry Bergan
Born: August 28, 1913 near Howell, Livingston County, Michigan
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: Rudolph Bergan (1869-1939)
             Amelia Bergan (1874-1959)
Siblings Herman Bergan (bombing victim),
             Rudolph Bergan Jr. (5/31/1910-1/30/1965)
             Ernistine Miller Bergan (1926-1927)
Place of Burial: Glendale Cemetery, Okemos, Meridian Township, Ingham County.
Location of Gravesite: Section 4, plot 22; 45 feet west from the east side drive.
Information of Note His headstone has the wrong year of death, “1926”.

Herman Bergan
Born: January 24, 1915
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: Rudolph Bergan (1869-1939)
             Amelia Bergan (1874-1959)
Siblings: Henry Bergan (bombing victim),
              Rudolph Bergan Jr. (5/31/1910-1/30/1965)
              Ernistine Miller Bergan (1926-1927)
Place of Burial: Glendale Cemetery, Okemos, Meridian Township, Ingham County.
Location of Gravesite: Section 4, plot 22; 45 feet west from the east side drive.
Information of Note: His headstone has the wrong year of death, “1926”.

Emilie M. Bromundt
Born: January 22, 1916 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath Death Record
Parents:Rudolph Bromundt (12/15/1887-5/29/1932)
            Wanda (Schimke Bromundt) Hassenrik (8/6/1895-12/8/1976)
Siblings: Rudolph Frederick Bromundt (5/2/1913-10/25/1990),
              Robert F. Bromundt (bombing victim),
              Florence Helen (Bromundt) Snay (6/20/1918-11/30/1996),
              Albert A. Bromundt (5/30/1920-1/11/1960),
             Hilda Ruth (Bromundt) Hassenrik (5/9/1924- ),
             William Carl Bromundt (12/2/1926-6/22/2002),
             Marion Louise (Bromund) Harris-Heady (11/10/1931- )

Place of Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Village of Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County
Location of Gravesite:Center section, at back; Lot 169; southwest corner, in row 17.
Consecreation of Marker service:Tuesday November 21, 2008, 1:00 p.m.
                                    Rev. Paul Lindloff officiating
                                     Pastor of the Emanuel Lutheran Church (Lansing)
Information of Note:
    She is buried with her brother and father in the family plot immediately west of the Nickols family plot (she had a joint funeral with her brother and Emma Amelia Nickols). In November 2008 the Seifert Family Foundation purchased markers for the children.
    Every source, starting with the Lansing State Journal and including the New York Times & Monty Ellsworth’s Bath School Disaster book gives her name as Amelia; this is the name by which she was referred to by her family & friends. However, the church which her parents attended and where she had her funeral list her name as “Emilie Marian” in the records of the funeral, as did the county clerk’s register of death certificates. We have chosen to use the clerk’s recorded name and the recorded church name as the most authoratative written source for her full name. It has been subsequently confirmed from family sources that they continued to refer to her as “Amelia” after her death.
    Additionally, multiple different spellings of the family surname have appeared in various contemporary print sources & on the internet (“Bromundt”, “Bromund” and “Dromund” having been the most common). The Township’s cemetery burial records have the name listed as “Bromand,” while the Clinton County clerk’s office had recorded the death certificate for she and her brother under the “Bromont” name. The spelling used in this website is taken from the funeral records of the family’s church (Emanuel Lutheran Church in Lansing). The records show that even the church initially used the “Bromund” spelling, only later adding a “t” to each child’s name. The family dropped the trailing “t” and began using the “Bromund” spelling at some point in the late 1920’s, following the bombing.

Robert F. Bromundt 
Born:August 2, 1914 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Died:May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents:Rudolph Bromundt (12/15/1887-5/29/1932)
            Wanda (Schimke Bromundt) Hassenrik (8/6/1895-12/8/1976)
Siblings:  Rudolph Frederick Bromundt (5/2/1913-10/25/1990),
         Emilie M. “Amelia” Bromundt (bombing victim),
        Florence Helen (Bromundt) Snay (6/20/1918-11/30/1996),
        Albert A. Bromundt (5/30/1920-1/11/1960),
        Hilda Ruth (Bromundt) Hassenrik (5/9/1924- ),
        William Carl Bromundt (12/2/1926-6/22/2002),
        Marion Louise (Bromund) Harris-Heady (11/10/1931- )
Place of Burial:Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Village of Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County
Location of Gravesite:Center section, at back; Lot 169; southwest corner, in row 17.
Consecreation of Marker service:Tuesday November 21, 2008, 1:00 p.m.
                     Rev. Paul Lindloff officiating
                     Pastor of the Emanuel Lutheran Church (Lansing)

Information of Note:
    He is buried with his sister and father in the family plot immediately west of the Nickols family plot (he had a joint funeral with his sister and Emma Amelia Nickols). In November 2008 the Seifert Family Foundation purchased markers for the children.
    Multiple different spellings of the family surname have appeared in various contemporary print sources & on the internet (“Bromundt”, “Bromund” and “Dromund” having been the most common). The Township’s cemetery burial records have the name listed as “Bromand,” while the Clinton County clerk’s office had recorded the death certificate for he and his sister under the “Bromont” name. The spelling used in this website is taken from the funeral records of the family’s church (Emanuel Lutheran Church in Lansing). The family dropped the trailing “t” and began using the “Bromund” spelling at some point in the late 1920’s, following the bombing.

Floyd E. Burnett
Born: July 11, 1915 on the Anna Hall farm, Bath Township, Clinton County
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents:George A. Burnett (6/1/1879-3/__/1958)
            Almeda E. (Benjamin) Burnett (10/6/1887-9/5/1924)
Siblings:  Bernice Mae (Burnett) Hazard (3/5/1905- )
               Royal Duane Burnett (6/9/1907-2/25/1995)
               Harold Benjamin Burnett (10/7/1918-1/20/2008)
              Elna Irene (Burnett) Smith (6/16/1910- )
              Wenda Leora (Burnett) Keene (2/9/1912-9/4/1996)
              Wanda Leona (Burnett Nimke) Altman (2/9/1912-5/__/1987)
              Gertrude Marie (Burnett) Case (6/7/1916-9/__/1976)
              Leslie Franklyn Burnett (4/16/1923- )
Place of Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Village of Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County
Location of Gravesite: South section; row 12, middle of row.

Russell J. Chapman
Born:October 1, 1918 in Delta Township, Eaton County
Died:May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents:Clarence Chapman (1872-1951)
         Bertha C. Chapman (1882-1956)
Sibling: Earl W. Chapman (1916-1945)
Place of Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Village of Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: South of Main gate entrance; at back of section.

G. Cleo Clayton
Born: 1918
Died: May 19, 1927 in Lansing at Sparrow Hospital
Parents: Guy Clayton (7/29/1895-2/__/1977)
          Hazel B. (Hunt) Clayton (1899-3/16/1920)
Cousin: Beatrice Gibbs
He was being raised by his maternal grandparents, the Charles Gibbs family.
Place of Burial: Dimondale Cemetery, Dimondale, Windsor Township, Eaton County.
Location of Gravesite: Section 4D, Lot 41, Plot 2; in old section of cemetery just south of the main entrance.
Information of Note: After surviving the bombing of the school Cleo was killed by shrapnel from the blast when Kehoe blew up his truck.

F. Robert Cochran
Born: December 24, 1918 in Muskegon, Michigan
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents:Frank Cochran
           Gladys (Coles) Cochran
Sibling:Barbara Cochran
Maternal Grandparents: Arthur A. Coles (1866-1941)
                                      Lois M. Coles (1870-1937)
Place of Burial: Otisco Cemetery, Otisco Township, Ionia County (west of Belding).
Location of Gravesite: Lot 250; situated along back N/S drive, west side, between the Wilson and  Filkins plots.
Information of Note: He was known mostly by his middle name or “Bobby”. He is buried in his maternal grandparent’s family plot.

Ralph Albert Cushman
Born: 1919
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents:Albert Cushman (9/10/1879-1966)
         Nellie M. Cushman (1885-1946)
Sibling: Merrian Josephine (Cushman) Vail (6/1/1913- )
Place of Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Village of Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite:  South Section, at back.
Information of Note: One of the few victims with any mention of the bombing on his grave marker; “Killed in Bath School May 18”.

Earl Edwin Ewing
Born: 1916, Village of Climax, Kalamazoo County
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: Simeon E. Ewing (1880-1960)
              Edna A. Ewing (1992-1964)
Siblings:Donald Ewing (1909-1998)
             Harrison Ewing
Place of Burial: Rose Lawn Cemetery, Perry Township, Shiawassee County.
Location of Gravesite: “Old Section”, Lot 668, Grave 4. Entering cemetery at main entrance, drive all the way to the back, turn left; the plot is in the fourth row to the east, second set of plots north of the drive. The parent’s headstone is obscured by the evergreens; Earl’s headstone in on the south side of the evergreens.

Katherine Onalee Foote
Born: May 29, 1916
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: Daniel H. Foote (12/26/1888-6/1981)
          Mabel M. (Lewis) Foote (9/16/1897-4/1985)
Sibling: Joyce
Place of Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Village of Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite:  South of Main gate entrance; at back of section.
Information of Note:  Her headstone is 20 feet south of her parent’s marker.

Marjorie Fritz
Born: October 3, 1917 in Dewitt Township, Clinton County
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath Marjorie’s death record
Parents: Francis M. Fritz (2/20/1889-1/7/1941)
          Fern Mary (Warden Fritz) Green (1/27/1890-2/9/1978)
Siblings: Richard A. Fritz (5/18/1919-5/10/1928),
          Charles Max Fritz (4/19/1921-12/28/1988),
          Norma Jean Fritz (5/17/1925-5/7/1980)
Others:   Andrew Fritz (paternal uncle)
        Mellissa A. (Fritz) Drexler (paternal aunt; 5/30/1901-10/12/1983)
        Helen (Warden) Bowyer (maternal aunt; 11/1/1895-10/__/1987)
        Ethel P. (Warden) Jones (maternal aunt; 1888-5/__/1982)
        James Warden (maternal uncle)
        Rosalie E. (Drexler) Wager (paternal 1st cousin; 4/21/1924-4/27/1993)
Funeral:  Saturday May 21, 1927, 10:00 a.m.View the funeral home’s record of the order for her casket and burial, placed by Marjorie’s mother Jarvis-Estes Funeral Home
    Rev. Charles W. Bragg officiating
    Pastor of the Main Street Methodist Protestant Church, Lansing
Consecration of Marker service:
    Wednesday May 21, 2008, 10:00 a.m. Rev. Mark Johnson officiating Pastor of the Bath United Methodist Church
Place of Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, City of Lansing, Ingham County. Section Z, Lot 325, Sub 3
Information of Note:
    Page One of the Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 ‘Lansing State Journal’ The burial site is along the North-South line from just right of the tree seen left and above the center of the photo. The site is between a large “Shipman” marker on the west and “Green” marker on the east. Marjorie’s grave is immediately south of her mother’s and separate by one grave from her aunt Ethel Jones’ marked grave. In late April 2008 a marker was placed at her gravesite through the generosity of Kelly & Tom Stottman of California. During our research we learned that the “Ethel P. Jones” that was interred two sub-plots over (#5) from Marjorie’s sub-plot (#3) is actually her mother’s sister; the cemetery staff had been operating under the assumption that the plot had been sold to someone outside of the family. Marjorie died on brother Richard’s eighth birthday; the following year he would be dead eight days shy of his nineth birthday & the first anniversary of the bombing. He died of myocarditis.

Carlyle Walter Geisehaver
Born: December 28, 1917 in Clinton County
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: Walter F. Geisenhaver (4/15/1894-5/1984)
          Mabel Geisenhaver (2/2/1897-8/1984)
Siblings: Doris & Dorothy Geisenhaver (1920),
              Kenneth F. Geisenhaver (9/25/1921-8/8/1995),
              Richard W. Geisenhaver (7/21/1929-10/28/2001),
              Arnold Horning Geisenhaver
              Frederick Horning Geisenhaver
Place of Burial: Gunnisonville Cemetery, Gunnisonville, Dewitt Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: C-223-2; middle section, 2nd row, 60 feet north of cemetery southside drive.

Beatrice P. Gibbs
Born: May 17, 1917 near Holt, Delhi Township, Ingham County
Died: August 22, 1927 at Lansing, Michigan
Parents: Frank John Gibbs
             Elda Pearl (Hunt) Gibbs (3/5/1893-10/4/1959)
Sibling:  one brother
Cousin: Cleo Clayton
Place of Burial: Wildwood Cemetery, Chesaning Township, Saginaw County.
Location of Gravesite: Lot 106, Row 6 (west of mausoleum) in wedge between Sharon Road and Ferden Road and east of the easternmost N/S cemetery drive.
Information of Note: Beatrice and her mother are buried in her maternal grandparent’s plot (look for the Hunt family marker). She was the last to die, three months after the bombing. Beatrice’s father is buried near the river in his parent’s unmarked plot. Most references list her father’s name as “John F. Gibbs” but her marker gives his initials as “F.J.”. We obtained the name “Frank” from the cemetery sexton’s records.

George P. Hall Jr
Born: October 17, 1918 in Owosso, Michigan
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: George P. Hall (1885-1960)
              Lena Hall (1888-1965)
Siblings: Willa Marie Hall (bombing victim),
              William “Bill” Hall (1922 or 1923- )
              “Baby” (1914)
Place of Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Cityof Lansing, Ingham County.
Location of Gravesite: Section N, Lot 23, between plots 8 & 9

Willa Marie Hall
born:  February 19, 1916 in Owosso, Michigan
Died:  May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents:  George P. Hall (1885-1960)
               Lena Hall (1888-1965)
Siblings: George P. Hall Jr. (bombing victim),
              William “Billy” Hall (1922 or 1923- )
              “Baby” (1914)
Place of Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, City of Lansing, Ingham County.
Location of Gravesite: Section N, Lot 23, between plots 8 & 9

Iola Irene Hart
Born: June 19, 1914
Died:  May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: Eugene S. Hart (5/8/1888-9/1962)
         Irene E. Hart (1888-1959)
Siblings:  Percy Hart (bombing victim),
               Vivian Hart (bombing victim),
                Elva Hart (7/31/1912- )
                Perry George Hart (3/6/1910-8/__/1962)
Place of Burial: Rose Cemetery, East Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: Row S13; 60 feet north of south drive, 120 feet east off of Upton Road.

Percy Eugene Hart
Born: February 24, 1916
Died:  May 18, 1927 at Lansing, Michigan
Parents: Eugene S. Hart (5/8/1888-9/1962)
              Irene E. Hart (1888-1979)
Siblings:  Iola Hart (bombing victim),
              Vivian Hart (bombing victim),
              Elva Hart (7/31/1912- )
              Perry George Hart (3/6/1910-8/__/1962)
Place of Burial:  Rose Cemetery, East Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: Row S13; 60 feet north of south drive, 120 feet east off of Upton Road.

Vivian Oletta Hart
Born: November 2, 1918
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: Eugene S.Hart (5/8/1888-9/1962)
              Irene E. Hart (1888-1979)
Siblings: Iola Hart (bombing victim),
              Percy Hart (bombing victim),
              Elva Hart (7/31/1912- )
              Perry George Hart (3/6/1910-8/__/1962)
Place of Burial:  Rose Cemetery, East Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite:  Row S13; 60 feet north of south drive, 120 feet east off of Upton Road.

Blanche Elizabeth Harte
Born: February 24, 1897 in Victor Township, Clinton County
Died: May 19, 1927 at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing
Parents: Martin Buehler (1862-1949)
             Anna Della Buehler (1866-1936)
Spouse: Roscoe G. Harte (4/9/1893-3/1982)
Siblings: Murley Buehler (1888-1899)
              Mrs. Stella (Buehler) Schoals (1887-1966)
Place of Burial: Wilsey Cemetery, Olive Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: 17C5; center section, back row, center.

Galen Lyle Harte
Born: September 1, 1914
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: Octa V. Harte (10/8/1891-2/8/1978)
              Shirley M. Harte (9/12/1891-7/1978)
Sibling:  Gareth M. Harte (6/23/1919-9/8/1994)
              sister (1925- )
Place of Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Village of Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: South Section, row 4, next to section’s north end drive (Center Entrance).

LaVere Robert Harte
Born: August 26, 1917 in Bath Township, Clinton County
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: LaVere C. Harte (1893-1951)
             Florence L. Harte (2/26/1894-2/16/1988 Lansing, MI)
Sibling: Neil R. Harte (7/6/1922- )
Cousin: Ava Sweet
Place of Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Village of Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: South of Main gate entrance; at back of section.

Stanley H. Harte
Born: 1915
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: Horace N. Harte (1879-1920)
             Cora Maude Harte (9/9/1881-5/4/1980)
Siblings:    Blanche (Harte) Harris (1905-1929),
                 Gregory W. Harte (4/6/1911-4/30/1981)
                Mildred E. Harte (1917-1919)
                Horace J. Harte (6/5/1920-2/20/2004)
                Vera E. (Harte) Beuerle (6/27/1901-4/26/1981)
                Merle (Harte) Jones
                Opal (Harte) Wildt (2/10/1909-2/1/1990)
Place of Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Village of Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: South of Main gate entrance;row 2, 60 feet from north side of row.

Francis Otto Hoeppner
Born: 1913 near Okemos, Ingham County, Michigan
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: Otto K. Hoeppner (1882-1947)
          Emma B. Hoeppner (1885-19__)
Siblings:  Lillian Hoeppner (1906-1910)
               Raymond Hoeppner ( – )
               Marjorie Hoeppner ( – )
Place of Burial:nGlendale Cemetery, Okemos, Meridian Township, Ingham County.
Location of Gravesite: Section 2, plot 2; row 6, 75 feet west of central drive & 25 feet south of the first east-west drive.
Information of Note:
    His headstone is one of the few that mention the Bath School Bombing. Most sources incorrectly spell the family name as “Hoppener”.

Cecial Lorn Hunter
Born: December 16, 1912 in Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: George Hunter (1886-8/24/1931)
             Violet Hunter (1894-12/18/1952)
Siblings: Geneva M. Hunter (12/17/1926-4/22/1937),
             Allan Hunter (2/28/1918-9/3/1958)
            Velma J. Hunter (8/28/1923- )
Place of Burial: Laingsburg Cemetery, Laingsburg, Shiawassee County.
Location of Gravesite: Section C, Row 21, Lot 7, Plot 3; west side of Woodbury Rd, northernmost section, in the center 3rd of section; 5 rows east from the McFarren family plot.

Emory Eli Huyck
Born: July 3, 1894 at Butternut, Bloomer Township, Montcalm County, Michigan
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: William H. Huyck (1850-1938)
              Mary Jane Huyck (1861-1956)
Sibling: Ruth C. (Huyck) Sloan (1892-1956)
Spouse: Ethel (Newcomb) Huyck-Saur (5/12/1888-10/4/1977)
Place of Burial: Carson City Cemetery, Carson City, Bloomer Township, Montcalm County.
Location of Gravesite: Northeast quadrant of cemetery, along north fence; 135 feet west of Sandell mausoleum & 125 feet northeast of the Nila Banton Smith Memorial mausoleum.

Doris Elaine Johns
Born: October 17, 1918 in Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County, Michigan
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: Ira Johns (1891-1974)
             Fern E. Johns (11/27/1896-8/22/1992)
Siblings: Pauline Margaret Johns (1915- ),
              Robert Ira Johns (2/3/1929-10/19/1973)
             + 2 brothers + 1 sister
Place of Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Village of Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: South of Main gate entrance; at back of section.

Andrew Philip Kehoe
Farmer, School Board Treasurer, Bomber
Born: February 1, 1872 near Tecumseh, Clinton Township, Lenawee County, Michigan
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: Philip Kehoe (1833-1/8/1915)
              Mary (McGovern) Kehoe (1835-11/5/1890)
Siblings: Elizabeth Kehoe (1860-1924),
              Agnes Kehoe (1862- ),
             Catherine Kehoe (1867- ),
             Frances (1868- ),
             Martha Kehoe (1870- ),
             Patrick Lewis Kehoe,
             Margaret Kehoe,
            Helle Kehoe (1876- )
            Irene Kehoe (1902- )
Spouse: Nellie Kehoe.
Place of Burial: Mt. Rest Cemetery, City of St. Johns, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite:  Paupers section; northwest corner of cemetery.
Information of Note: There is no headstone marking his burial location.

Ellen Agnes Price Kehoe
Murder Victim; wife of School Bomber
Nellie Kehoe Born: 1875 in Zilwaukee, Michigan
Died: May 17, 1927 at the Kehoe homestead west of Bath
Parents: Patrick Price (1848-5/1920)
             Mary Ann Price (1850-1893)
Spouse: Andrew P. Kehoe (2/1/1872-5/18/1927)
Siblings: Molly (Price) Kaiser (8/17/1879-11/1962),
              Elizabeth B. Price (1881-4/1958),
              Alice Loretto Price (1883-2/1938),
              Teresa I. Price (8/31/1888-5/1971)
             Catherine Genevieve Price (1890-9/1955)
Place of Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, City of Lansing, Ingham County.
Location of Gravesite: Section M, Lot 3
Information of Note:  Her headstone reads “Ellen A. Price”.

Thelma Irene MacDonald
Born: August 22, 1918 in Rogers City, Michigan
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: Rev. Scott Dougald MacDonald (12/15/1893-12/23/1989)
             Mary Bell MacDonald (1894-1961)
Siblings:  Mary Delynn (MacDonald) Moeller (9/19/1921-2/2/2004),
               Elaine (MacDonald) Swanson (11/28/1927-10/21/2003)
Place of Burial: Pope Cemetery, between Springport & Tompkins, Tompkins Township, Jackson County.
Location of Gravesite: About 20 feet to the left of the central drive, about 2/3 of the way to the back of the cemetery.

Clarence Wendell McFarren
Born: December 15, 1913 in Bath Township, Clinton County
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: J. Wendell McFarren (5/21/1883-9/30/1951)
             Clara Ann (Schram) McFarren (8/17/1890-9/3/1968)
Siblings: Cassie Elizabeth (McFarren) VanRiper (10/15/1909-5/6/1999)
          Arthur J. McFarren (12/28/1910-8/4/2001)
Grand-Uncle: Nelson McFarren (5/5/1852-5/27/1918)
Place of Burial: Laingsburg Cemetery, Laingsburg, Shiawassee County
Location of Gravesite: Section C, Row 16, Lot 8, Plot 3; west side of Woodbury Rd, northernmost section, in the center 3rd of section; 5 rows west from the Hunter family plot.

Nelson McFarren
Born: May 5, 1852 in Washtenaw County
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: John McFarren
Spouse: Ada (Saxton) McFarren (1863-5/15/1962)
Offspring: Esther L. (McFarren) Smith (6/2/1896-9/__/1982),
                 Floyd McFarren (2/4/1885-8/16/1905),
                 Harry McFarren (10/2/1888-4/24/1962)
Son-in-law: Glenn O. Smith
Brother: Clarence McFarren (8/2/1857-3/6/1911)
Nephew: J. Wendell McFarren
Grand-Nephew: Clarence Wendell McFarren (12/15/1913-5/18/1927)
Place of Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Village of Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: South Section, row 7, 20 feet from section’s north end road (Center Entrance).

James Emerson Medcoff
Born: December 30, 1918 in Lansing, Michigan
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: James Medcoff
            Jennie (Sawdy) Medcoff (1890-1956)
Sibling: Thelma Irene Medcoff (9/9/1911- )
Place of Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Village of Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: South of Main gate entrance; back of section.
Information of Note: James’ grave marker is to the left of his mother’s.

Emma Amelia Nickols
Born: July 16, 1914
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: Henry Nickols (12/10/1882-3/30/1971)
              Amelia Nickols (9/18/1881-8/18/1971)
Siblings:  Olga (Nickols) Witt (1/28/1906-1/6/1989)
               Richard Nickols (b.10/3/1908-5/__/1980)
               Lydia (Nickols) Pulter (1/4/1910-7/3/2004)
        Edward Nickols (4/21/1912-10/15/1997)
        Ottelia (Nickols) “Tillie” Derke (1/8/1916-3/7/2001),
        Ruth Adeline (Nickols Hetchler) Stambaugh (2/21/1919- )
        Leonard Nickols (1/27/1924-8/3/1997)
Place of Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Village of Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County
Location of Gravesite:  Center section, at back; Lot 168.
Information of Note: A headstone marking her burial location was added during the summer of 2002. Township cemetery & church records have the family listed as “Nichols” while the inscription on the parent’s headstone spells their name “Nickols”; that is also the name found most frequently in searches of internet genealogy sites. Family members have confirmed that the correct spelling of the surname is “Nickols”.

Richard Dibble Richardson
Born: October 11, 1914 in Dewitt Township, Clinton County
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: Guy W. Richardson (1880-1958)
              Blanche Adelia Richardson (1884-1932)
Siblings:  Virginia Richardson (1916- )
               Martha Harriette Richardson (1918- )
Place of Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Village of Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: South of Main gate entrance; at back of section.

Elsie Mildred Robb
Born: December 20, 1914 in Kinmundy, Illinois
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: Samuel Paris Robb (8/2/1883-5/1968)
             Ethel Loew Robb (10/4/1884-1972)
Sibling:  Mary Edith Robb (12/8/1912-7/25/1999)
             William Robb
            + 3 sisters
Place of Burial: Dewitt Cemetery, Village of Dewitt, Dewitt Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: Section F, Row 11, north end of row.

Pauline Mae Shirts
Born: May 19, 1916 in Midland County
Died:  May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents:  Thomas J. Shirts (1871-1946)
               Ida S. Shirts (6/13/1883-4/1968)
Sibling: Eva Julia Shirts (1911-1928)
Place of Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Village of Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: Center Section, at back of section, along N/S drive.

Glenn O. Smith
Born: May 18, 1894 in Bath Township, Clinton County
Died: May 18, 1927 in Lansing, Michigan
Sibling:   Frank Smith (10/9/1875-12/__/1962)
Spouse:  Esther L. (McFarren) Smith (6/2/1896-9/1982)
Father-in-law: Nelson McFarren
Mother-in-law: Ada (Saxton) McFarren
Offspring: Betty Marie Smith (2/27/1921-12/28/1924)
Place of Burial:  Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Village of Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: South Section, row 7, south of the McFarren family plot.

Hazel Iva Weatherby
Born: September 20, 1906 near Amble, Winfield Township, Montcalm County, Michigan
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents:  Frank Weatherby (1878-1938)
              Clara Weatherby (1881-1965)
Siblings:  Ruth (Weatherby) Schievink (2/11/1909-1/5/1997),
               John S. Weatherby (6/4/1913-4/27/96),
               Frieda Weatherby,
               Marguerite (Weatherby) Burk
Place of Burial: Amble Cemetery, Village of Amble, Winfield Township, Montcalm County.
Location of Gravesite: South section; 75 feet north of southernmost drive; 50 feet west of first North-South drive.
Information of Note:  Headstone has inscription “Martyred Teacher of Bath”; one of few markers with a reference to the bombing. She was the teacher that was found in the wreckage holding two children.

Elizabeth Jane Witchell
Born:  1917 on the Enos Peacock farm, Bath Township, Clinton County
Died:  May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents:  Roscoe M. Witchell (5/3/1892-1/1983)
              Zella L. Witchell (1894-1960)
Cousin:  Lucile J. Witchell (bombing victim)
Place of Burial: Rose Cemetery, East Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite:  Row S13; 60 feet north of south drive, 120 feet east off of Upton Road.

Lucile June Witchell
Born: 1917 in Ingham Township, Ingham County (now part of Lansing), just south of the Mount Hope Cemetery
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: Roy Witchell (1890-1959)
              Lila Witchell (3/24/1895-8/8/1988)
Sibling: Ralph Witchell (1919-)
Cousin: Elizabeth Jane Witchell (bombing victim)
Place of Burial: Rose Cemetery, East Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: Row S13; 60 feet north of south drive, 120 feet east off of Upton Road.

Harold LeMoyne Woodman
Born:  July 3, 1918 in East Lansing, Michigan
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents: Harold M. Woodman (8/12/1896-2/11/1990)
              Hazel E. Woodman (5/16/1897-4/1975)
Siblings: Betty G. Woodman (192__-1925),
              Wallace C. Woodman (7/20/1920-9/5/2000),
              + 1 sister (1924- )
Place of Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Village of Bath, Bath Township, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: South of Main gate entrance; at back of section.

George Orval Zimmerman
Born:  1917 in Muskegon, Michigan
Died: May 18, 1927 at Bath
Siblings: Lloyd Zimmerman (bombing victim),
             Vida Marie Zimmerman
Place of Burial: Mt. Rest Cemetery, City of St. Johns, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: Section E, Plot 131; northern tier of cemetery
Information of Note: Headstone shared with brother.

Lloyd Zimmerman
Born:  1915 in Muskegon, Michigan
Died:  May 18, 1927 at Bath
Parents:
Siblings:  George O. Zimmerman (bombing victim),
              Vida Marie Zimmerman
Place of Burial: Mt. Rest Cemetery, City of St. Johns, Clinton County.
Location of Gravesite: Section E, Plot 131; northern tier of cemetery
Information of Note: Headstone shared with brother.

The slideshow above shows photographs of all of those killed in the explosion, to my knowledge. All of the photos were obtained from the above listed source website.

The slideshows below contains photos of the school both before and after the bombing, as well as other relevant subject matter pertaining to this tragedy. These photos were taken from the transcription of the M.J. Ellsworth text, linked to from the above referenced websites, as well as the Rootsweb page here
I compiled the photos myself into these slideshows in order to be able to hopefully display them all in one locale for this blog.
 The Bath school disaster,

  
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5 responses to “Bath School Tragedy Part Two

  1. Robert Cochran, the victim of the bombing is the distant cousin of the newest hero in the United States, Alan B. Hall! Hall gave his life saving a young girl in Florida. God bless.

  2. Nelson McFarren is a direct descendant of a Dutch man and a North African Muslim woman and also, Anthony Jansen Van Salee and Grietje Reyniers (the Carrie Bradshaw of Colonial Manhattan).
    Explanation:
    Jan Jansen Van Salee and the North African Muslim Woman
    Anthony Jansen Van Salee and Grietje Reyniers
    Eva Antonis Jansen
    Eva Van Sicklen
    Eva Berdan
    Nicholas Kipp
    Henry Kipp
    Elizabeth Kipp
    Caroline Johnson
    Nelson McFarren

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