Damage from storm of 1900 in Galveston
Sunday morning getting out the dead
Hurricanes -- Texas -- Galveston -- History -- 20th century.
Photo on cardboard mat. Damage from storm of 1900 in Galveston. A group of men (11) are searching a pile of wooden rubble left behind after the storm. Back of photo reads: Galveston, Texas, October 7, 1900. APPEAL FOR THE HOMELESS OF GALVESTON. Does the evidence here portrayed bring to you a thought of the distressing need of Galveston's homeless survivors? Do you not feel that it is your duty to contribute your portion to the worthy work of procuring shelter and household goods for those who are now without shelter? Do you realize that a small sum from each sympathizer will aggregate an amount sufficient to meet this great and pressing need? All money should be remitted to MISS CLARA BARTON, President, American National Red Cross, Galveston, Texas. (Picture) No. 33 Remarks- Sunday morning getting out the dead
The Storm of 1900 relates to Rice Institute history in a specific way. The September 8, 1900 hurricane struck the Gulf Coast and one of William Marsh Rice's businesses, the Merchants and Planters Oil Company, suffered severe damage. The business manager telegraphed Mr. Rice in New York that they needed money for repairs and the sum was most of what Rice had available as liquid funds in his bank account. Attorney Albert Patrick was worried at the loss of such a large sum of ready cash and he convinced Rice's valet, Charlie Jones, to use chloroform to kill Mr. Rice. The murder, ensuing trial and estate settlement determined the course of Rice Institute's beginnings.
[Damage from storm of 1900 in Galveston], Photograph, 1900; digital image, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth125 : accessed September 27, 2011), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Fort Bend Museum, Richmond, Texas.
Rice University courtesy of Fort Bend County Museum
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