Bath, Mich., a small town northeast of the state capital of Lansing. That day, 38 children and six adults died.
“It’s inexplicable,” Bernstein said. “There’s no explanation. Something in the makeup of these people makes them do it.”
The farmer’s name was Andrew Kehoe, and he died, as well, when he blew up his own car.
In the 1920s hardware stores sold dynamite and other explosives to farmers to remove stumps from fields.
The 55-year-old Kehoe was enraged about a tax the community levied on itself to build the new Bath Consolidated School. His farm had gone into foreclosure, and he blamed the school.