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La Plata Elementary School

 
 
La Plata Elementary School image. Click for full size.
By Richard White, February 3, 2007
1. La Plata Elementary School
Inscription. Destroyed by a tornado on November 9, 1926. Thirteen pupils and four townspeople lost their lives and approximately thirty-five were injured. The school stood 433 feet northwest of this site on a rise in a residential area near the junction of Wicomico and Somerset Streets. The names of the pupils are memorialized on a plaque in the foyer of the Milton M. Somers School.
 
Erected by La Plata Centennial Commission and the Maryland Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 31.865′ N, 76° 58.222′ W. Marker is in La Plata, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker is on Charles Street (Maryland Route 6) near Somerset Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Plata MD 20646, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Christ Church Episcopal (approx. half a mile away); Old Durham Church, Episcopal - 1692 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Surgeon General Revolutionary Army (approx. 1.2 miles away); Chandler's Hope (approx. 2 miles away); Courthouse at Moore's Lodge (approx. 2.1 miles away); “The Monastery”
La Plata Elementary School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jacqui Chalifoux, July 14, 2010
2. La Plata Elementary School Marker
Located at the end of Willow Lane, you can see Milton Somers Middle School in the background.
(approx. 2.6 miles away); St. Columba Masonic Lodge (approx. 3 miles away); On to Yorktown (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Plata.
 
Also see . . .
1. An account of deadly 1926 La Plata tornado. by Frederick N. Rasmussen. The Baltimore Sun, November 19, 2009. (Submitted on November 19, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Stories, survivors of 1926 tornado fading away. By Sara K. Taylor, Southern Maryland News, November 09, 2011. (Submitted on November 19, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyDisastersEducationNotable Events
 
La Plata Elementary School Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Jacqui Chalifoux, July 14, 2010
3. La Plata Elementary School Plaque
In memory of those childred whose lives were lost in the destruction of the former La Plata School by a tornado, November 9, 1926 and to whom this school is dedicated.
Henry H. Clagett. Lillian Alberta Della. Theresa Estella Bean. Edward Donald Richard Bean. Andrew Jackson Clark, Jr. James La Viga Martin. Mary Alice Cooksey. Benjiman Tildon Cooksey. Robert Lester St. Clair. Mary Lucilla Miles. James Frederick Maddox. Mary Ellen Bowie. Lucille Anna Edwards.
15 Killed and 40 Hurt in Cyclone; <br>La Plata School Dead put at 12 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 26, 2011
4. 15 Killed and 40 Hurt in Cyclone;
La Plata School Dead put at 12
Maryland Independent, Thursday November 11, 1926 mounted in the lobby of the Milton M. Somers Middle School.
Wicomico and Somerset image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 26, 2011
5. Wicomico and Somerset
Today the corner of Wicomico and Somerset is occupied by the Civista Medical Center.
La Plata farm image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 26, 2011
6. La Plata farm
This property known as the old LaPlata farm was the home site of General John Grant Chapman born July 5, 1798 and died 1856 grandfather of Major Henry Hendley Chapman the last owner of this part of a large grant of land made by the king of england to three chapman brothers who settled in America in 1642. (Plaque in the lobby of the Milton M. Somers Middle School)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2007, by Richard White of La Plata, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,320 times since then and 144 times this year. Last updated on January 7, 2011. Photos:   1. submitted on April 8, 2007, by Richard White of La Plata, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on July 14, 2010, by Jacqueline White of Williamsburg, VA - Virginia.   4, 5, 6. submitted on November 19, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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