Beatrice Pearl Gibbs

Beatrice Pearl Gibbs

Holt, Ingham County, Michigan, USA
Death 22 Aug 1927 (aged 10)
Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan, USA
Burial Chesaning, Saginaw County, Michigan, USA
Plot West AA, Lot 106, Row 6 (west of mausoleum) in wedge between Sharon Ferden Road and east of the easternmost N/S cemetery drive.
Memorial ID 7843829 View Source

Bath School Disaster Victim

Beatrice was the daughter of Frank and Elda (Hunt) Gibbs. Her 10th birthday was the day before the bombing of her school where she was a fourth grader. She lay at the point of death for four days. Due to so many fractures and lacerations which prevented castings, a frame was arranged over her bed by the physician (as shown in the picture) with various weights used to splint the fractures. When she came to after the explosion, she says there was a radiator hanging right over her, but when Kehoe (the bomber) blew himself up in his vehicle in the street, the radiator disappeared and she blacked out. She was ten feet beneath debris. After three months of intense suffering, Beatrice died at St. Lawrence hospital following an operation for the removal of a splinter from her hip. She was the 45th victim to die from injuries suffered in the bombing, which remains as the worst attack upon a school in the history of the United States.

Bath School Disaster Memorial Cemetery

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