It seems that every couple of years we either read about or see on the news that another school has been shot up somewhere. It turns out to be some sort of person with some sort of grudge. Then it further turns out that there were one or two people that comment about how they knew something was open. And it seems like the news cycle does about the same thing. And despite all impressions, there is nothing new about school massacres.
In 1991, the State of Michigan Historical Society put a marker here.
In 1924, he was elected as a trustee on the School Board and later the treasurer. It was said that he was difficult to work with and would argue about even the most necessary expenditures. He even accused the superintendent of financial mismanagement.
In 1926, his farm was foreclosed and this may have been the catalyst that led to the later tragedy. He started to plan the destruction of his own farm and started to gather the materials to do so. It was also around this time that his wife came down with tuberculosis.
At approximately 8:45, on the morning of May 18, 1927, he would detonate the explosives on his farm, destroying it. He also murdered his wife.
About a half hour after the explosion, Kehoe drove to the school in his truck. He summoned the superintendent over and after a tussle over a gun, Kehoe detonated his truck. The explosion would kill Kehoe, the superindentent, a retired farmer and a second grader. The shrapnel from the truck would mortally wound the postmaster.
Police and fire fighters also gathered at the Kehoe farm. They found his wife's charred body on the next day. They also found a wooden sign wired to the fence that read, "Criminals are made, not born". This apparently was Kehoe's last message.
The Kehoe farm was bulldozed over and auctioned off to pay for the mortgage.