Bath School Disaster Victims

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List of Victims:

Arnold Victor Bauerle

Arnold B.Arnold was born February 15,1919. He lived with his loving mother Hertha Marie Elizabeth Bauerle, Father Henry Valentine Bauerle, Brother Herbert Arthur Bauerle and Sister Bauerle. He was in the third grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry Bergan

Henry B.Henry Bergan was born August 28, 1913 in Michigan. His mother was Amelia Bergan, and  his was Father Rudolph Bergan. He was the third eldest. His brothers were Herman bergan also a bath disaster victim) and Rudolph Bergan Jr. His sister’s name was Ernnistine Miller Bergan. He was in the sixth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herman Bergan

Herman B.Herman was born January 24, 1915. His parents were Rudolph and Amelia Bergan. He had two younger brothers, Henry (also a bath disaster victim), Rudolph Jr. and a sister Ernistine Miller Bergan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emilie Marian Bromundt

Emilie M.Emilie “Amelia” was born in Pennsylvania on January 22, 1916. Her parents were Rudolph and Wanda Schimke B. Hassenrik.
She had 7 brothers and sisters named Rudolph, Robert F.(also a bath disaster victim), Florence Helen, Albert A., Hilda Ruth, William Carl, and Marion Louise Bromundt. She was buried with her brother Robert and their father.

 

 

 

 

Robert Ferdinand Bromundt

Robert B.Robert was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on August 2, 1914. His parents were Rodolph, and Wanda Schimke B.” Hssernrik
He was 7 brothers and sisters named Rudolph Frederick, Emilie “Amelia”(also a victim of bath school disaster), Florence Helen, Albert A, Hilda Ruth, William Carl, and Marion Louise Bromundt. He was in the fifth grade.

 

 

 

 

Floyd Edwin Burnett

Floyd B.Floyd was born on July 11,1915 on the Anna Hall Farm in Bath Township, Clinton County. His father was George A Burnett and his Mother was Almeda E B. Burnett. He had 8 brothers and sisters. Their names were Bernice Mae, Royal Duane, Harold Benjamin, Elna Irene, Wenda Leora, Wanda Leona, Gertrude Marie, and Leslie Franklyn Burnett. He was in the sixth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

Russell J. Chapman

Russell ChapmanRussell was born on October 1, 1918 in Delta Township, in Eaton County. He had a brother named Earl W. Chapman. His parents were Clarence and Bertha C. Chapman. Russell was in the fourth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guy Cleo Clayton

Guy ClaytonGuy was born in 1918. His parents were Guy and Hazel B. H. Clayton. Baby Guy was living with his maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs. Cleo survived the initial bombing of the school but died from wounds sustained by shrapnel in the blast that blew up the truck. Baby Guy was in the second grade.

 

 

 

 

 

Forest Robert Cochran

Forest CochranForest was born on December 24, 1918 in Muskegon, Michigan. He went by the name Bobby. His parents were Frank and Gladys C. Cochran and had a sister named Barbara Cochran. He was in the third Grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ralph Albert Cushman

Ralph CushmanRalph was born in 1919. His parents were Albert and Nellie M. Cushman. His sister’s name was Merrian Josephine Cushman. Ralph was in the third grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earl Edwin Ewing

EarlEwingEarl was born in the Village of Climax, Kalamazoo County In 1916. His parents were Simeon and Edna Ewing. He has two brothers named Donald and Harrison Ewing. He was in the sixth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine Onalee Foote

KatherineFooteKatherine was born on May 29, 1916. Her sister’s name was Joyce Foote. Her parents were Daniel H. and Mabel M. Foote. She was in the sixth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marjorie Fritz

MarjorieFritzMarjorie was born in Dewitt Township, Clinton County on October 3, 1917. Her parents were Francis M.(injured in blast from tuck) and Fern Mary G. Fritz. She had two brothers and a sister named Richard A. (also a victim of the bath school disaster) Charles Max, and Norma Jean Fritz. Marjorie died on her brother Richard’s birthday. He died the next year only eight days away from turning 9 years old. He died of myocarditis. It is rumored that it was caused from his injuries sustained in the bombing.

 

 

 

 

Richard Fritz

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Richard was born May 18, 1919 in Dewitt Township, in Clinton County, Michigan. He was born to Francis M.(injured in blast from tuck) and Fern M. Fritz. His sisters were Marjorie (also a bath school disaster victim) and Norma Jean he also had a brother named Charles Max Fritz. The school bombing took place on his 8th birthday.  He died the next year eight days away from his 9th birthday from myocaarditis, or inflammatory cardiomyopathy is inflammation of heart muscle (myocardium). It is said that is was from the injuries he sustained during the bombing of the Bath School. He was in the second grade.

 

 

 

Carlyle Walter Geisenhaver

CarlyleGeisenhaverCarlyle was born in Clinton County on December 28,1917. His parents were Walter F. and Mabel Geisnhaver. He had two twin sisters named Doris and Dorothy Geisenhaver. He also had four brothers. Their names were Kenneth F., Richard W., Arnold Horning, and Frederick Horning Geisenhaver. He was in the fourth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

Beatrice P. Gibbs

BeatriceGibbsBeatrice was born on May 17,1917 to Frank John Gibbs and Elda Pearl Gibbs, in Delhi Township, Ingham County. She had one brother (name not found). Beatrice died about three months after the bombing from injuries she sustained. Beatrice was in the fourth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

George P. Hall Jr.

GeorgeHallGeorge Jr. was born in Owosso, Michigan on October 17, 1918. Her parents were George P. Hall and Lena Hall. He had a sister named Willa Marie (also a bath school victim), a brother named William “Bill” Hall, and an unnamed baby brother or sister that was born/died in 1914. George Jr. was in the third grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willa M. Hall

WillaHallWilla was a bright young girl born in Owosso, Michigan on February 19,1916. Her parents were George P. Hall and Lena Hall. Her brother George P. Hall Jr. was also a victim of the Bath School Disaster. She also had a brother named William “Billy” Hall. Records show that the Hall family had a baby that was born/died in 1914. Willa was in the fifth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iola Irene Hart

IolaHartIola was born on June 9,1914. Her parents were Eugene S. Hart and Irene E. Hart. She had a brother and sister that lost their lives during the Bath School Disaster their names Percy Hart and Vivian Hart. She also had a sister named Elva and a brother named Perry George Hart! Iola was in the sixth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Percy Eugene Hart

PercyHartPercy was born February 24, 1916 to Eugene S. and Irene E. Hart. Percy lost two sisters, Iola and Vivian Hart, that along with his own life during the Bath School Disaster. He also had a sister named Elva and a brother named Perry George Hart. Percy was in the third grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vivian Oletta Hart

VivianHartVivian was born November 2, 1918 to Eugene S. Hart and Irene E. Hart. She had 4 brothers and sisters named Iola and Percy Hart (both were Bath School disaster victims) and Elva and Perry George Hart. Vivian was a third grade student.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blanche Elizabeth Harte

BlancheHarteBlanche was not a child but deserves to be remembered. She was a fifth grade teacher. She was born on February 24, 1897 In Victor Township, Clinton County.
She was married to Roscoe G. Harte. Her parents were Martin and Anna Buehler.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galen Lyle Harte

GalenHarteGalen was a sixth grade student born on September 1, 1914. His parents were Octa V. and Shirley M. Harte. He had a brother named Gareth and an unnamed sister.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LaVere Robert Harte

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LaVere was born August 26, 1917 In Bath Township, Clinton County. His parents were LaVere C. and Florence L. Harte. He had a brother named Neil R. Harte. LaVere was in the fourth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stanley Horace Harte

StanleyHarteStanley was born in 1915 to Horace N. and Cora Maude Harte. Stanley had 7 brothers and sisters. Their names were Blanche, Gregory W., Mildred E., Horace J., Vera E., Merle, and Opal Horace.  Stanley was in the sixth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Francis Otto Hoeppner

FrancisHoeppnerFrancis was born in Ingham County, Michigan in 1913. His parents were Otto K. and Emma B. Hoppner. He had two sisters, Lillian and Marjorie Hoeppner and a brother Raymond Hoeppner. He was in the sixth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cecial Lorn Hunter

CecialHunterCecial was born in Bauphin, Manitoba, Canada on December 16, 1912. His parents were George and Violet Hunter. His siblings were Geneve M., Allan, and Vlema J. Hunter. Cecial was in the sixth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emory Eli Huyck

EmoryHuyckMr. Huyck was the superintendent at Bath School. He was born July 3, 1894 at Butternut, Bloomer Township, Montcalm County In Michigan. He was married to Ethel Newcombe Huych-Saur. His parents were William H. and Mary Jane Huyck. His sister was named Ruth C. and his brother’s name was Sam Huyck.

 

 

 

 

Doris Elaine Johns

DorisJohnsDoris was born on October 17, 1918 in Bath Township, Clinton County Michigan. Her parents were Ira and Fern Johns. Aside from 2 unnamed/aged brother and 1 unnamed/aged sister she had a sister Pauline Margaret and Robert Ira Johns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nellie Agnes Price Kehoe

NellieKehoeNellie was the wife of the bomber. She was his first victim. She suffered from tuberculosis. She was born in 1875 In Zilwaukee, Michigan Patrick and Mary Ann Price. She had 5 sisters named Molly Price Kaiser, Elizabeth B. Price, Alice Loretto Price, Teresa I. Price, and Catherine Genevieve Price.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thelma Irene MacDonald

ThelmaMacDonaldThelma was born in Roger City, Michigan on August 22, 1918. She was born to Reverend Scott Dougald and Mary Bell McDonald. Thelma was sister to Mary DeLynn and Edna Elaine MacDonald. Thelma was in the third grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clarence Wendell McFarren

ClarenceMcFarrenClarence was born on December 15, 1913 in Bath Township, Clinton County to J. Wendell and Clara Ann Schram McFarren. He had a sister, Cassie Elizabeth and a brother named Arthur J. McFarren. He had a granduncle named Nelson McFarren that was also a victim of the Bath school disaster. Clarence was in the sixth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nelson McFarren

NelsonMcfarrenNelson was born in Washtenaw County to john McFarren (mother name unknown), on May 5, 2852. He was a retired farmer married to Ada Saxton McFarren. He was father to Esther L, Floyd, and Harry McFarren. He had a son-in-law named Glenn O. Smith, and a grandnephew named Nelson McFarren, whom also lost their lives on this tragic day. He had a nephew named J. Wendell McFarren.

 

 

 

 

 

James Emerson Medcoff

James MedcoffJames was born on December 30, 1918 in Lasing, Michigan to parents James and Jennie Medcoff. He had one sister named Thelma Irene Medcoff. James was only in the fourth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Amelia Nickols

EmmaNicklosEmma was born on July 16, 1914 to Henry and Amelia Nickols. Along with 3 unnamed brothers and one unnamed sister Emma had many brothers and sisters named Olga, Richard, Lydia, Edward, Ottelia, Ruth Adeline, and Leonard Nickols. Emma was in the sixth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Dibble Richardson

RichardRichersonRichard was born October 11, 1914 in Dewitt Township, Clinton County to Mr. and Mrs Guy and Blanche Adelia Richardson. Richard had two sisters named Virginia and Martha Harriette Richardson. Richard was in the sixth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elsie Mildred Robb

ElsieRobbElsie was born December 20, 1914 in Kinmndy, Illinois to Samuel Paris and Ethel Lowe Robb. Her brother and sisters were William Wesley, Agnes Marguerite, Mary Edith, Alice Louise, and Lorene F. Robb. Elsie was in the sixth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pauline Mae Shirts

PulineShirtPauline was born May 19, 1916 in Midland County to Thomas J. and Ida S. Shirts. She had a sister named Eva Julia Shirts. Pauline was in the fifth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glenn O. SmithGlennSmith
Glenn smith was born in Bath Township, Clinton County to Frank Smith. His mother’s name is unknown. He was married to Esther L. McFarren Smith. His father in law, Nelson McFarren, was also a victim in the disaster. Glenn was the Bath Postmaster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hazel Iva Weatherby

HazelWeatherbyHazel was a third and fourth grade teacher. She was born on September 20, 1906 in Windield, Township, Montcalm County, in Michigan. Her parents were Frank and Clara Weatherby. Hazel had three sisters and a brother. Her sister’s names were Marguerite Burk Weatherby, Ruth Weatherby Scheivink, John S, and Frieda Weatherby. When Hazel’s body was found in the wreckage, her arms were wrapped around two young boys.

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Jane WitchellElizabethWitchell
Elizabeth was born to Roscoe M. and Zella L. Witchell In 1917 on the Enos Peacock farm, in Bath Township, Clinton County. She had a brother named Ralph D. Witchell. She also had a cousin, Lucile J. Witchell, whom was also a victim of the Bath School Diasaster. Elizabeth was in the fifth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucile J. Witchell

LucileWitchellLucile was cousin to Elizabeth Witchell, whom was also a victim in the Bath School Diasaster. Lucile was born in Lansing Township, Ingham County: Ingham in now part of Lansing. She was born in 1917 to Roy and Lila Witchell. Lucile June Witchell was in the fourth grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harold LeMoyne Woodman

HaroldWoodmanHarold was bron on July 3, 1918 in East Lansing, Michigan to Harold and Hazel Woodman. He had one unnamed sister along with Betty G. and Wallace C. Woodman. Harold was in the third grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZimmermanboysGeorge Orval Zimmerman
George was born in 1917 in Muskegon, Michigan. His parent’s names are unknown. He had a brother named Lloyd Zimmerman who was also a victim of the disaster, and a sister named Vida Marie Zimmerman. George was in the third grade.

Lloyd Zimmerman
Lloyd was born in 1915 in Muskegon Michigan. His parent’s names are unknown. He had a brother, George Orval Zimmerman, whom was also a victim of the disaster, and a sister Vida Marie Zimmerman. Lloyd was in the fifth grade.

Both Zimmerman brothers are shown here. Along with their sister Vida Zimmerman.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bath School Disaster

On May 18, 1927 in Bath Township, Michigan Andrew Kohoe Killed 38 elementary children and 6 adults. He injured 58 other people.  It was the deadliest mass murder in a school in the United States history.

Andrew Kohoe was a broke, depressed, pathetic man. He would prepare for his attack by secretly planting dynamite and hundreds of pounds of pyrotal in the school over a course of several months. On the day of the explosions he began by loading the back seat of his car with metal debris like old tools, nails, pieces of rusted farm machinery, digging shovels and anything else that would produce shrapnel during the explosion. He then placed a large amount of dynamite behind the front seat along with a loaded rifle. Sometime within two days of the bombing he killed his wife, whom suffered from turbuculosis, and put her body in a wheelbarrow in the back of the chicken coop. He piled silverware, jewels and a metal cash box around her. He even tied up all his animals in their cages to ensure their deaths. He had wired homemade pyrotol firebombs in all the building on their farm. At 8:45 a.m. The bomber detonated the bombs at his farmhouse. At 9:45 a.m. a second explosion was heard coming from the school. Rescuers heading to the farmhouse turned back and went to the school. About a half hour later the bomber drove up to the school and summoned the superintendent over to his vehicle where according to eyewitnesses he pulled out his rifle and fired a shot in the back seat. The dynamite in back exploded. Several more were killed including an 8 year old (Guy Cleo Clayton) that had escaped the school bomb, but was killed by the explosion and flying shrapnel from the truck explosing. Andrew Kohoe was a coward, and a disgrace to humanity.

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Other information found at:
I highly recommend this site when wanting to research about the victims of the Bath School disaster. It has a great layout, easy to navigate and filled with information about the victims.
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Wikipedia.org
The Bath School disaster

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