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Tornado in La Plata, Md. Nov. 9, 1926
A Virtual Cemetery created by: Fred Sanford
Description: La Plata, Md. has suffered 2 tornadoes, the oldest back in Nov. of 1926. That twister killed 13 children when it destroyed the local public school, which had 59 children in it that day. Two adults died as well. Some reports have higher numbers but the names can't be found. Many more were injured. Today there's a bronze plaque listing the names of the children on display at the local middle school. On Nov. 11, 1926 funeral services were held for most of the victims, at the 2 churches in town. 400-500 cars clogged the streets. Each child had 2 white roses placed upon their chests by the staff at the school. Funerals for the others were held the next day. One of the young was sent back home to rural Virginia for services, to where she resided; she had been visiting her relatives in La Plata. The College of Southern Maryland has a special section devoted to the findings of this event. I merely grouped together the names of the deceased I have found and with the help of many others I've posted the names online here. And it's an ongoing thing. In 1926, technology was just starting it's rapid advancement during that century but at least 15 people died. In 2002, 5 people died in that storm, despite all the advancements in weather forecasting and early warnings that have been devised and implemented since 1926.
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Bean, Edward Donald Richard 87290126
b. Feb. 3, 1915 d. Nov. 9, 1926
Sacred Heart Cemetery
La Plata
Charles County
Maryland, USA
Bean, Theresa Estella 87291292
b. Sep. 26, 1917 d. Nov. 10, 1926
Sacred Heart Cemetery
La Plata
Charles County
Maryland, USA
Berry, Samuel R. 100178792
b. Nov. 15, 1917 d. Feb. 14, 1984
Cedar Hill Cemetery
Suitland
Prince George's County
Maryland, USA
Bowie, Mary Ellen 69659487
b. Aug. 3, 1919 d. Nov. 9, 1926
Mount Rest Cemetery
La Plata
Charles County
Maryland, USA
Clagett, Henry Hawkins 87290324
b. 1918 d. Nov. 9, 1926
Mount Rest Cemetery
La Plata
Charles County
Maryland, USA
Clark, Andrew Jackson, Jr 87377736
b. 1914 d. Nov. 9, 1926
Saint Ignatius Cemetery
Port Tobacco
Charles County
Maryland, USA
Cooksey, Benjamin Tilden 87290975
b. Apr. 17, 1918 d. Nov. 9, 1926
Sacred Heart Cemetery
La Plata
Charles County
Maryland, USA
Cooksey, Mary Alice 66454446
b. Apr. 14, 1918 d. Nov. 9, 1926
Sacred Heart Cemetery
La Plata
Charles County
Maryland, USA
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Della, Lillian A. 14162654
b. 1916 d. Nov. 9, 1926
La Plata United Methodist...
Dentsville
Charles County
Maryland, USA
Edwards, Lucille Anna 88495567
b. 1916 d. Nov. 9, 1926
Riverview Cemetery
Waynesboro
Waynesboro City
Virginia, USA
Maddox, James Frederick 87290678
b. Jul. 13, 1917 d. Nov. 9, 1926
Mount Rest Cemetery
La Plata
Charles County
Maryland, USA
Martin, James La Viga 87377780
b. 1914 d. Nov. 9, 1926
Saint Ignatius Cemetery
Port Tobacco
Charles County
Maryland, USA
Miles, Mary Lucilla 17819451
b. Dec. 12, 1918 d. Nov. 9, 1926
Mount Rest Cemetery
La Plata
Charles County
Maryland, USA
Patterson, Lula Brown 88258308
b. 1893 d. Nov. 9, 1926
Newtown Methodist Church
La Plata
Charles County
Maryland, USA
St. Clair, Robert Lester 87290616
b. Dec. 30, 1917 d. Nov. 9, 1926
Mount Rest Cemetery
La Plata
Charles County
Maryland, USA
Watts, Rufus 87289502
b. 1899 d. Nov. 9, 1926
Sacred Heart Cemetery
La Plata
Charles County
Maryland, USA
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