The night of terror that reshaped an island in Texas September 8, 1900

A Galveston Daily News reporter in 1900 said the story of the Sept. 8, 1900, hurricane could never truly be written. For many, no words could ever be spoken again about the deadly hurricane that reshaped the Gulf Coast forever.

Galveston was a famous, booming resort town as far back as 1874 when a newspaper described the city as “Queen City of the South.”

It was estimated that more than 6000 men, women and children lost their lives, including 10 sisters and 90 children from the St. Mary’s Orphans Asylum. The film below was taken by Thomas A. Edison Company in September 24, 1900.


Galveston 1900 by Bain News Service

At the time of the hurricane the Red Cross, still a young organization led by Clara Barton, helped establish an orphanage for storm victims to rebuild houses. The organization raised money by selling photographs of the devastation. This was the last disaster that the 78-year old Clara Barton covered. In her written history of the events she said her workers, “grew pale and ill” and that even she, “who had resisted the effect of so many climates, needed the help of a steadying hand as I walked to the waiting Pullman on the track, courteously tendered free of charge to take us away.”

Looking North from Ursuline Academy, showing wrecked Black High School Building, Galveston, Texas


Galveston 1900 – gathering dead

Galveston 1900 - gathering dead

Galveston 1900 – 18th and N Sts.

Galveston 1900 - 18th and N Sts.

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Lucas Terrace under which 51 people lie buried, Galveston

Lucas Terrace under which 51 people lie buried, Galveston

paSeeking valuables in the wreckage, Galveston, Texas

Seeking valuables in the wreckage, Galveston, Texas

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Galveston disaster, trying to find where their home stood photograph by Zahner, M. H.

trying to find where the home stood


An opened passageway in the debris, North on 19th Street, Galveston, Texas

An opened passageway in the debris, North on 19th Street, Galveston, Texas


 The Waves' Caprice - the only remaining house near the beach for miles - Galveston Disasater, Texas


aThis boy said: I’m glad I’se aliveI'm glad I'se aliveGalveston Disaster, Texas begining life anew after the storm

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VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past 



VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

  • Have you heard excessive brain labor causes baldness or the cure for wrinkles is a tepid bath in bran?
  • Do you want to know Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for Vinegar of the Four Thieves or how to make Ox Tail Soup?
  • Have you ever had ‘blueberry pickles’, ‘batallia pie’ or ‘snow birds’? You will learn all this and more in “Vinegar of the Four Thieves.”

Our ancestors had to be resilient when they faced obstacles in daily life, from dealing with pests, medical emergencies, caring for clothing and cleaning shortcuts. Almost everything they used in daily life was homemade. Some ideas were great but some were very strange.

This book is a collection of household tips, medical cures, clothing care and old recipes from the 1800’s and 1900’s. Many of the tips, such as the household cleaners, cooking tips and ways to control pests, still work and are helpful in today’s ‘green’ environment while others such as ‘how to cure a dog of eating eggs’ will make you laugh. Either way, this book will help you appreciate the difficult life your grandparents endured. With Bonus: First two chapters of novel Ribbon of Love


About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and

All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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