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Old January 18th, 2016, 08:22 PM   #11
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Robert: You are the researcher extraordinaire! How in the world did you figure that out? Even knowing the name there is precious little out there.

Judson Palmer while directing the YMCA in Galveston, pre-hurricane, insisted that the Christian religious aspect of the "Y" was the most important part, more important than the social or sports activities. He suffered very much for the loss of his wife and seven year old child and wrote 'The Child of God Between Death and the Resurrection' while he worked through his loss. His wife and child were never found.
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Old January 18th, 2016, 08:40 PM   #12
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Hi Anna

I simply searched the net.

Yes, it was a terrible tragedy. We're fairly lucky over here, weather-wise.
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Hi Robert:

I deeply searched the net. Couldn't find a name.

Kind Vidor wrote of that day:

"I remember now that it seemed as if we were in a bowl looking up
toward the level of the sea. As we stood there in the sandy street,
my mother and I, I wanted to take my mother's hand and
hurry her away. I felt as if the sea was going to break over the
edge of the bowl and come pouring down upon us." From May,
1935 'Esquire' magazine article, also quoted in 'Isaac's Storm'
by Erik Larson.

Vidor's first venture into producing his own film was his 1913 film 'Southern Storm' about the hurricane. This does not seem to be available.
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His wife and child were never found.
Not quite true. The body of his wife, Mae, was found, but that of his son, Lee, was not. Both were most likely cremated on the spot.

If you like this kind of thing, go to http://www.gthcenter.org and have a look around. That's where I got the photo of the Palmers. And I was in the library just this last weekend.
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Tim: That is a real nice site. I bookmarked it.

I have never been to Galveston. I think it was really elegant pre-hurricane and maybe still is.
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I simply searched the net.
I thought I'd see if I could duplicate Robert's feat. I thought I'd succeeded, but in fact I'd found the nun's habit story attached to a different name!

Panic seemed imminent at times, but
John Irwin helped the sisters calm the
frightened survivors. He'd shucked the
wet corn sack, the clothes he wore when
rescued, for the only dry garment he
could find a nun's habit. He left the
convent next morning still garbed as a
Sister of Charity.

https://archive.org/stream/americanl...3amer_djvu.txt

But it does say that over 1000 people sought refuge in the convent, so maybe the nuns handed out quite a number of habits.
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I tried the nuns angle, but no luck. IIRC, it was when I added 'YMCA' that I found Judson Palmer, a man who lost his wife and son. He had a religious bent, and although I couldn't find a reference to his later being ordained, I put him forward as a semi-guess. When Tim asked for the dog, it came up straight away.
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I'd forgotten all about Jake Thackray- what a talent!

I wonder how he'd fare on X-Factor.
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Since you're into genealogy :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgS4lCT2F4c
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One for the married men amongst us:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n782_MMj4_g
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