The tragedy of the Bath school bombing lives on, 89 years later

Photos courtesy of Bath School Museum

By Kenedi Robinson
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

Eighty-nine years ago, the community of Bath was the victim of what is still known today as the “Bath Massacre.” Andrew Kehoe was a local farmer and treasurer on the school board. He was upset about property taxes being used to pay for a new school. No one saw it Kehoe’s way, so on May 18, 1927 he blew up half of Bath Middle School killing 45 people, 38 of which were children, and injuring 58. Dean Sweet Jr., son of bombing survior Dean Sweet Sr., said there was more of a mental impact than anything with the survivors, and even the adults who lost their children.