The Dewart Academy
Destroyed by "Cyclone" (Tornado) on May 21 1919
Ellie Nye Teacher
1st Row L-R
John Harley (Dr), ?, Charles Stahl, Martha Nicely Dateman, ?, James Bryson
2nd Row L-R
Robert De Ormond, Grace Nicely, Billy Nye, Josie Nicely, Ralph Nicely, Carrie Nye, Leigh Nicely, ?
3rd Row L-R
Jane Nicholas, John Nicely, ??????
4th Row L-R
Mary Bryson (Koch) Mae Follmer (Kramer) Hester Russell, E.B. Truckenmiller (Teacher), Sally Oakes, Kathryn Confer, ?
Top Row L-R
Verna Confer, Sarah Russell, Lulu Dieffenbach (Confer) ?
Front Row L-R
Wm Elmer Metzger, John Nicely, Forrest Ruckle, Jake Nicholas, Harry Beaver
L-R Bertha Barto
Josie Nicely, Hester Russell, Low Stewart, Lula Dieffenbach (Confer), Sarah Russell, Esther Nicely, Carrie Nye
Billy Nye, John Harley, Russell Nicely, EB Truckenmiler, Norman Beaver, Ralph Nicely, Russell Everhart
Front Row L-R Martha Sherman, John Metzgar, Esther Shroat, Ruth High, Leonore Dietrick, Helen Riffel, Charles Metzgar, Donald Harding
Second Row: Lester Fairchild, Ruth Huffman, Florence Leech, Margaret Kuhn, Helen Kilgus, Helen Leech, James Frederick
Third Row - Stanley Nicholas, Sarah Gray, Margaret Gray, Minnie Deitrick, Martha Burrows
1919 - The Cyclone
Article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 22 1919
Seven Men and a boy look over part of the remains of the Dewart schoolhouse after a cyclone hit the building and ripped the roof off May 21 1919. About 20 students were inside the building when the cyclone struck. Miraculously, only two pupils were slightly injured. Investigating the damage are (left to right) Fred Truckenmiller, Jake Wertman, W. Truckenmiller, Ed Truckenmiller, George Fredericks, Stewart Wertman, Unidentified, and Homer Hess, all from the Dewart area.
Ward Truckenmiller would be the "boy". Fred was his brother, Ed his father.