Thursday, October 8, 2015

Deaths of Children 1913 & 1917

2/10/1913 Cora Mahala Brown was born March 4, 1913, the youngest child of Raleigh Brown and wife. On February 1, 1916, the family was out butchering; the little children including Cora age  three were with them.  Cora complained of being cold and ran into the living room, closing the door behind her.  She picked up a piece of paper lighting it in the stove, and it caught her clothing on fire. The mother came in soon after the child and found her in flames. She threw a rug around her and smothered the fire, but the little one was horribly burned on the chest and throat and arms.  She survived for 6 days before death came as a relief.

3/29/1917 Lester Bowman age 14, of Lawrenceville was brought to Vincennes shortly after nine o’clock Saturday night to Good Samaritan Hospital where an examination revealed the fact that he was suffering from a fractured skull as a result of being run down by an automobile early last night.  According to information, the Bowman boy was crossing the street on West State Street, when an automobile driven by a man named Templeton of Bridgeport ran into him knocking the boy down and rendering him unconscious.  The drive of the machine stopped his car and carried the boy into a house near the scene of the accident.  A physician was called and after an investigation sent the patient to the hospital. He died Monday morning at 11oclock of a fracture of the skull.