Boyd, William and child - house fire

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Boyd, William and child - house fire - FATHERA BURNED i CHILD . II HOI WILLIAM BOYD...
FATHERA BURNED i CHILD . II HOI WILLIAM BOYD ENTERED HOUSE 10 RESCUE GIRL AND FELL BEFORE HE FOUAR-HER. FOUAR-HER. FOUAR-HER. SAVED HIS WIFE 10 BABES Pit Foreman Had Returned From His Early Morning1 Trip to Start Engines At Boyd Slope. of boy because enjoyment and the the therBoy- interest of ue and From Monday's Daily: When William Boyd arose at 3 o'clock this morning at his home in Skidmore, he went as usaul to the Boyd slope, a strip territory leased by his father, John Boyd from the Dur-kee Dur-kee Dur-kee company. He started the pumps to remove the water from the pit in order for the day shift to begin work on time. Then he returned to his home, put more fuel on the fire and went to bed. Not long afterward Mr. Boyd was awakened by flames and heat. The Boyd cottage was burning rapidly, the blaze presumably starting - from the stove or flue. Boyd jumped out of bed and in spite of the heat and the smoke rescued his wife and two smallest children, a baby boy and a girl. Then he re-entered re-entered re-entered the burning house to rescue his oldest child, a girl of 5 years who was sleeping "on a cot. The smoke was rolling out at the door and outside Mrs. Boyd and her babies, thinly clad were compelled to shrink away from the heat and the blackening blackening smoke. The children cried with cold, and fright and the mother, comforting comforting them, waited anxiously fcr her husband to reappear carrying the other child. Neighbors, alarmed by the flames and the cries of "fire" had only begun to arrive when the roof of the cottage fell and father and daughter daughter shut off from escape, with burning embers on and all around them. With no water system, the frantic mother and her neighbors could do little but wait until the fire had burned burned out. Water was carried and as soon as the location of the bodies was learned the neighbors poured water near them to prevent the heat from consuming the remains of the man and his child. When the fire had sufficiently died out to allow of entrance, the neighbors neighbors found the body of Boyd only a few feet within the outside door where he had fallen when overcome by the smoke.. Hislegs were nearly burned from his body and his flesh was ter-riblv ter-riblv ter-riblv charred. The girl's body was found, face downward on some smoldering remains remains of the cot's bedding. When the smoke had first reached her she had evidently hidden her face in the bed-dine, bed-dine, bed-dine, for it was the only part of her frie-Vitfullv frie-Vitfullv frie-Vitfullv burned. Her- Her- fnotiiroc wprp recognizable. - Ed Oliphant who lives near by, was the first man to reach the place and Perry Stephens who was at work not far away, came but they were too tare to save the lives of the two fire vic tims. The entire community has lent assistance assistance to the stricken mother and her babies and work was suspended today in the Boyd slope, where tne father had worked as pit boss. The Boyds are well known in the county 'where they have lived for many years. William Boyd was 28 years old and a good workman. His father and one brother Wresley Boyd live at Skidmore The burned home was a quarter of a mile west of the company store in Skidmore. Mrs. Bovd was formerly Miss Florence Florence Haley and is well known in and around Skidmore. The couple belonged belonged to the Skidmore Baptist church. Mr. Boyd was a member of Ihe Skidmore Skidmore lodge of Odd Fellows and the I Columbus lodge of A. O. U. w. me funeral will be conducted by tnese orders tomorrow. Mrs. Boyd and the two children who were rescued were all burned by the fire, although the children's injuries consist chiefly of burned hair ana blistered skin. Mrs. Boyd's hands wore nitnfnllv burned and her body i wktprs that have dis- dis- 11C1.0 O V- V- V I t - mvw. abled her. of

Clipped from The Columbus Weekly Advocate11 Feb 1915, ThuPage 5

The Columbus Weekly Advocate (Columbus, Kansas)11 Feb 1915, ThuPage 5
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