Near Townsend in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Taylor's Bridge School
(District No. 66)
Erected 1997 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-93.)
Location. 39° 24.329′ N, 75° 35.318′ W. Marker is near Townsend, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on Fleming Landing Rd. 0.1 miles south of Taylor Bridge Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Townsend DE 19734, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Duncan Beard (approx. 3.8 miles away); Old Union Methodist Church Scott Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); Blackbird School (District No. 69) (approx. 4.6 miles away); Old St. Paul's Church (approx. 5.3 miles away); Odessa (approx. 5.3 miles away); Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House (approx. 5.4 miles away); Clearfield Farm (approx. 5.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Townsend.
1. Smyrna Times news article from April 11, 1923
Storm hits Taylors Bridge doing considerable damage, attains cyclonic force as it demolishes houses and auto
School House Blown From Its Foundation - Porch Torn from Elmer Davids Residence - Crops Hurt
A terrific storm swept the State Thursday afternoon (April 5, 1923), tearing up trees and telephone poles damaging crops, flooding roads and in some parts of the State demolishing whole houses. Smyrna escaped any material damage although the rain came in a veritable deluge with some high wind, but over in Thoroughfare Neck it was another story. A veritable cyclone struck Taylor's Bridge.
Miss Gladys McBooker, teacher of the Taylor's Bridge school, who was about to leave the school with three little children, stopped in the vestibule, not daring to venture out in the storm. Feeling the building tremble, she became frightened and ran with the children out into the field. Looking back a moment later she saw the schoolhouse torn from its foundations and carried aloft by the wind. Part of the building was jammed against a tree and the other part was blown over into a field. It is said the tree is what saved the teacher and pupils being carried with it.
The garage of James McClain was shattered by the cyclone. The house of Elmer David, nearby, also fell a victim to the storm and was almost demolished, the porch being torn off. Apple trees were torn up by the roots in some places. The storm lasted 20 minutes. Some of the wreckage was blown as far as Cedar Swamp, behind the town. Although Taylor's Bridge was the place hardest hit, other towns in the district experienced high winds and heavy rainfall. In the vicinity of Middletown limbs of many trees were torn off by the wind. The district
— Submitted July 28, 2009, by Ernie Mabrey of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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