An estimated 30 of the children buried on the site probably succumbed to influenza in the world-wide epidemic that killed millions in 1918, according to a former superintendent. At least one or two died of other childhood accidents and illnesses, according to former residents and employees of the State Home.
Local historians Bill Young and Bruce McManus used a dowsing rod to try to locate the unmarked graves. After tentatively locating three rows of graves, they asked for permission to have experts dig to identify any possible graves. The permission was not granted. The Texas Historical Commission offered to bring ground-penetrating radar and prove the dowsing efforts right or wrong, but the superintendent at the time wouldn’t allow that, according to McManus.
A single cemetery marker bears the names of 35 children who died at the State Home when it was an orphanage. However, almost everyone agrees that the marker is in the wrong place.
Can any genealogists help to locate the correct location?
You can read more in an article by Janet Jacobs in the Corsicana Daily Sun at http://goo.gl/5RcNDw.
My thanks to newsletter reader Roger Bartlett for telling me about this story.