Orphans Cause Havoc at Walmart - Galveston, TX

It is 3AM and the children are terrorizing the toy section of Walmart!  Electronic toys are sounding off, toys are flying off the shelves and some of the toys with wheels are headed for a romp up and down the isles.  Where are the parents of these children?

 Walmart, the location for after hours romps by a bunch of orphans who died tragically.

Walmart, the location for after hours romps by a bunch of orphans who died tragically.

No one knows as they are all orphans and the Sisters of St. Mary’s orphanage, who once watched over them, are long gone to their Heavenly destination.  

This Walmart may be the only one in the U.S. which closes at midnight and does not reopen until 6AM.  They have no choice.  After midnight the registers start to experience mysterious problems and they can't keep them running.  As for staff, that’s a completely different problem.  They cannot staff or keep staff for the overnight shifts.  It seems some of these folks haven’t dealt so well with things mysteriously flying off the shelves!

 Archive photo of the St. Mary's orphans.

Archive photo of the St. Mary's orphans.

Though the ten Sisters of St. Mary’s Orphanage are long gone, it seems that, at least, some of the 90 children have stuck around.  This Walmart is the former site of this orphanage which was washed away during The Great Storm.  

 Archive photo of St. Mary's Orphanage prior to the Great Storm of 1900.

Archive photo of St. Mary's Orphanage prior to the Great Storm of 1900.

During the day of September 8th, 1900 the Sisters watched the unusually high waves come onto the shores of Galveston.  By evening they knew they had a serious problem and moved all the children to the newer and stronger girls dormitory where they tried to calm the children by having everyone sing the hymn “Queen of the Waves.” They were forced to move to the second floor as the waters rose and the first floor was inundated by water. They watched in horror as the boys dormitory was raised high and then consumed by the sea.  In a desperate attempt to save the children, they grabbed a clothesline and began tying themselves to child after child in an attempt to save the children.  Then the worse came to pass as the Gulf of Mexico lifted the girl's dormitory off of its foundation and the ceiling caved in.  Sadly, the rope caught debris and hastened the drowning of nuns and children, alike.  All 10 of the nuns and 87 of the 90 children died in the storm.  They were buried where they were found after the storm.

 Photo courtesy of Melissa Hall.  This historical marker remembers the nuns and orphans lost in the Great Storm of 1900.  On the anniversary of the storm every year a wreath is placed on the marker to remember the lives lost.

Photo courtesy of Melissa Hall.  This historical marker remembers the nuns and orphans lost in the Great Storm of 1900.  On the anniversary of the storm every year a wreath is placed on the marker to remember the lives lost.

But it seems that the children have not forgotten their beloved orphanage and have returned to the site of their former home… Walmart has been kind enough to provide the orphans hours and hours of late night entertainment!

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