Hurricanes Case
- The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane Shelf -
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This page by Jerry Wilkinson

- The Cremation -

     Earlier I mentioned the necessity for speed of operations. On September 6, 1935, the governor ordered cremation of the dead to prevent pestilence. Gas masks were being used and antiseptic practices were strictly enforced.
     This ceremony was at Snake Creek. A rabbi, priest, protestant  minister, civilian official and National Guardsman officiated at all cremations.

     Gasoline, oil or both were used to ignite the pyre.

       Military honors were given for all even though some were not identified.

     The traditional rifle salute.

And the pyre was ignited.
       Markers of various sizes and kinds were placed at each cremation site. Reasonably accurate records were maintained.
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