Living Survivors of the Bath School Bombing
Individuals who were students in the Bath Consolidated School on May 18, 1927 or are siblings of children who were students on that date, or their spouses.
  • George Duane Babcock — 3rd grade student
  • Dorothy May Babcock — George's wife
  • Myrna (Gates) Coulter — seventh grade student
  • Bob Dickinson — injured student
  • Irene Blanche (Babcock Dunham) Freeman — sister of injured student (Lloyd Babcock)
  • Neil Russell Harte — brother of victim
  • Velma Janette Hunter — sister of victim
  • Marian Isabel (Eschtruth) Markham — 6th grade student
  • Margaret Perrone — infant daughter of bombing victim Rose Perrone

  • These 9 listed individuals were believed to be alive as of March 7, 2014.
    Most Recently Departed
  • Walter Eugene Eschtruth
    second grade student
    died Wednesday March 5th, 2014 in Lansing, at the age of 93

  • Clarence Manley Witchell
    2nd grade student & brother of victim / cousin of victim
    died Wednesday October 30th, 2013 in St. Johns, Michigan

  • Merrian "Josephine" Cushman Vail
    8th grade student & sister of victim
    died Thursday July 18th, 2013 in Bath, at the age of 100

  • Ralph D. Witchell
    2nd grade student; brother & cousin of bombing victims
    died Friday December 21st, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 93

  • Agnes Marguerite (Robb) Bouyoucos
    11th grade student & sister of victim
    died Thursday April 12th, 2012 in East Lansing at the age of 102

  • Vina May (Shepard) Fisk
    1st grade student
    died Wednesday March 28th, 2012 in Panama City, Florida at the age of 91

  • Robert A. Sober
    2nd grade student
    died Monday August 15th, 2011 in East Lansing at the age of 92

  • Lawrence Carl Seeger
    1st grade student
    died Thursday March 31st, 2011 in Dewitt at the age of 90
    interment in at the Gunnisonville Cemetery

  • Donald Jay Huffman
    4th grade student
    died Monday March 14th, 2011 in Bath Township at the age of 93
    interment in Bath at Pleasant Hill Cemetery

  • Ann (Cipo) Whitney
    1st grade student & widow of Orbert Whitney
    died Thursday December 30th, 2010 in Bath Township at the age of 90

  • Mary Catherine (Howery) Smith
    1st grade student & widow of Paul E. Smith
    died Wednesday December 29th, 2010 in El Cajon, California at the age of 90

  • Robert Allan Osborne
    husband of Norma Jean Fritz (sister of victims Marjorie Fritz & Richard Fritz)
    died Thursday March 11th, 2010 in Williamston at the age of 85

    Ruth's headstone

  • Ruth Adeline (Nickols Hetchler) Stambaugh
    2nd grade student & sister of victim
    died Wednesday February 24th, 2010 in Hastings at the age of 91
    interment in Bath at Pleasant Hill Cemetery

  • Willis Ivan Cressman
    10th grade student
    died Sunday October 11th, 2009 in Dewitt at the age of 97
    interment in Dewitt at Dewitt Cemetery

  • Lee Henry Mast
    5th grade student
    died August 12th, 2009 in Ionia at the age of 93

    Marcia, pictured with her father Albert

  • Marcia Avis Detluff
    8th grade student injured in blast
    died Sunday March 9, 2008 in Lansing at the age of 94

  • Coral M. (Hobart) Howe
    8th grade student & widow of Russell Howe
    died February 2, 2008 in Laingsburg at the age of 95
    interment in Bath at Pleasant Hill Cemetery

    Harry's headstone

  • Harold Benjamin "Harry" Burnett Sr.
    3rd grade student & brother of victim
    author of History of Bath Charter Township, 1826-1976 (1978)
    died January 20, 2008 in Bath at the age of 89
    interment in Bath at Pleasant Hill Cemetery

  • Dean Norman Sweet Sr.
    6th grade student
    died September 23, 2006 in Bath at the age of 91
    interment in Bath at Pleasant Hill Cemetery

    Marion's headstone

  • Marion Frances Rounds
    widow of survivor Jack C. Rounds
    died September 23, 2006 in Lansing at the age of 87
    interment in Bath at Pleasant Hill Cemetery

  • Martha (Hintz) Horton
    9th grade student
    died July 14, 2006 in Watertown, Wisconsin at the age of 93.

  • Although no individuals of adult age at the time of the bombing are confirmed to still be living it is possible that one or more of the surviving teachers or townsfolk could still be with us (however their age would be at least 105, so the odds are not favorable).

    If you know of someone who should be added to this list please contact me at comments@bathschooldisaster.info