Photo used with permission from photographer, FAG contributor Ron (#46831823)
1919 Storm marker - Rose Hill Memorial Park, Corpus Christi, Nueces County.Texas
The marker reads:
Who Lost Their Lives
in the Storm of
Sept. 14, 1919
The American Red Cross
You may be wondering why I chose this as a Tombstone Tuesday post. My 2nd great grandfather, Theodore Jonas Montgomery is believed to have died in Corpus Christi during the 1919 Storm . He has no death certificate and is not mentioned by name in any of the newspaper accounts of the storm that I can find. He is one of the “unidentified dead”.
If you’d like to read more about the storm itself, here is a link to the Wikipedia article. 1919 Florida Keys hurricane
An excellent source for photos can be found at the Corpus Christi Public Libraries Digital Archives. The link to the advanced search page is here. Typing in “1919 Storm” will return some 200 items mostly photographs. (FYI -They are all watermarked.)
Photo from the Corpus Christi Public Libraries Digital Archives of the the unveiling and dedication ceremony for the memorial. The original photo can be viewed here - http://archives.cclibraries.com/u?/gpc,8086
Photo from the Corpus Christi Public Libraries Digital Archives of the unveiling and dedication ceremony program. The original photo can be viewed here - http://archives.cclibraries.com/u?/gpc,8087
Corpus Christi, Texas, after storm, Sept. 14th, 1919. Panorama from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.