Sad details of Jessie Elinor Holt's death Camden Times 25 Mar 1937
PAGE SIX Jessie Elinor Holt Is Victim of School Blast The following letter was received from H. L. Holt of Og-, 1 -maw i telling of the tragic de.ith j of a former Oge.naw girl, in the New London school bl;:sl: j ! Jessie Elinor Holt, Ki- year-;;ld i daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Holt, former resident of O:;o maw, was instantly killed in the ! terrible blast that destroyed tho | New London school building, and j killed over 450 pupils ;md loach- ! crs. tier badly mangled body \ was identified tho following mm-- ! ning lynx; in a morgue in Henderson, Texas by her brollui, j Truman Holt. Mr. and Mrs. .T. F. Cole, L. C. j and J. A. Holt, uncles and aunt, j left immediately upon word fro:n j there. They coi,firmed identification although hard to do, from the fac 1 , that she was crusher). broken ; rr.i briefer! beyond be-- lief. A little riding 10001 and bits of i clothing still on one foot, and k"--: i crushed flat uiKier some heavy I object while ail other clotliiir; was entirely stripped from the 'body and blown away and nev< r found. There wa:; not a spot on her body the size of one'.-, h.md that had not been broken and bru : s: l d by some flying missile. Identification might have been doubtful, he r features were so destroyed, had it not boon fo,- a largo scar left from a severe burn on the stomach, suffered in childhood. She \vas laid to rest Saturday evening in beautiful Lakewooc Memorial Park, Henderson, Texas beside many of her school njutcs who also lost their I.VL.V in the same disaster. Her relatives who attended t>., funeral speak sr the hu;h<;si praise of the heroic and sympathetic rescue wcrk of all those in charge. It was a gigantic ta.sk. carried on in the midst o; distraction and untold suffering, beyond belief. Fathers, mothers, relatives a:i" friends with hearts breaking with grief melted the stoutest heart.: to bitter tears.