HEROES OF THE
Also known as The Great Storm of 1900, the Galveston Hurricane was the deadliest natural disaster in US history.
The devastating Category 4 storm passed through Galveston, Texas, and the surrounding areas, reportedly killing between 8,000 and 12,000 people, destroying thousands of homes and nearly wiping out the entire city - the largest and most advanced one in the state at the time. With destruction and terror taking over the area, the Ursuline Convent became the new retreat for those injured and otherwise affected by the storm.
Under the lead of Mother Mary Joseph Dallmer, then the nun superior, the doors of the convent opened for 1,000 refugees. Moreover, the nuns risked their lives and helped pull out survivors from the floods and were ordered “to strip the convent of linens and give up their own wardrobes to clothe the refugees, and to share what food was spared by the tidal wave,” reports the Texas State Historical Situation. For all her accomplishments in aiding the public, Mother Mary Joseph Dallmer is now considered one of the greatest heroes of the Galveston Hurricane of 1900.
Clancy's comment: Go the nuns! Wow, what a disaster.