Andrew P. Kehoe
Andrew P. Kehoe and wife.
Five hundred and four pounds of unexploded pyrotol that was taken
out of the basement of the unwrecked portion of the school by two
state troopers, Lieutenant McNaughton, and Halderman, Lieutenant
Lyle W. Morse, assistant chief of the secret service department of
public safety, and Paul Lefke, assistant chief of the Lansing Fire
Department. This dynamite was divided up into eight different
charges in different sections of the basement.
These are the eight caps that were supposed to set off the five
hundred and four
pounds of explosives that are
shown on another page.
If this had worked,
as planned, there wouldn't have been much left
This is a portion of the alarm clock and wiring that was found in
the school. The glass container
with the spark plug arrangement was
taken out of the chicken coop on the Kehoe farm.
A close-up of the arrangement Kehoe had in his chicken coop. The
bottle was filled with gasoline and turned up in the can. A buzzer
was arranged with a spark plug and wire running to the house where
he must have had a battery. He must have used this kind of an
arrangement in all his other buildings as there were wires running
from the house to all of them; practically all of the buildings
started at the same time.
The nurses giving first aid to the injured on the school ground.
Andrew and Nellie Kahoe's house before the disaster.
This was Kehoe's home before it was destroyed by him. This house was
finished in oak
throughout and was
equipped with a furnace; lighting
plant, and pressure tanks that
furnished hard and soft water on all
The remains of Kahoe's house after the explosion.
Rear view of the school building after the explosion.
As the school was when the rescuers got through getting the bodies
All that was left of Kehoe's car after it blew up in the street,
killing himself, the superintendent, Mr. Huyck, Glenn O. Smith,
Nelson McFarren, and a little boy, Cleo Claton, and injuring several
others. It damaged much property. There is a house on the corner of
the school and not far from where Kehoe's car set that was nearly
ruined by burrs, bolts, and scrap iron being driven through it.
There was considerably damaged done to the nearby houses and it took
over a thousand dollars to replace the windows that were broken by
the two explosions.
What was left of Eddy Drumheller's car that was parked near Kehoe's.
A car that stood some distance from Kehoe's.
The location of Nellie Kehoe's body was found.
Where Mrs. Kehoe's charred body was found the morning following the
Thousands of people
passed by it on the previous day,
but not thinking of finding
her in any such place, lay there
Kehoe's last message wrapped inside one of the farm's fences.
The ruined farm implements that were left where the tool shed once
Kehoe had implements and tools enough, if sold, to pay off the
he had on the farm.
Rescuers still at work in the wreckage.
Showing the rear of the school.
Clean-up crew at the ruins of Bath Consolidated School.
Plaque at the entrance of Bath School Memorial Park.