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Cooper Pants Factory marker finally to honor victims of '36 tragedy
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A mother and her two daughters were among those killed in the Cooper Pants Factory fire that started during the 1936 Gainesville tornado. Hattie Mae Mincey, a Dahlonega native, and her daughters Gertrude and Pansy perished when the building just off the downtown square burned during the storm. Strangely, family members found Gertrude’s body, but when they returned later to recover it, it was gone.