Daily Republican 5/1/1936
2 Conneaut Lake Park Officials Die In Fire Conneaut Lake, Pa., May 1 CUP) Two officials of Conneaut Lake Park died today in a fire that destroyed destroyed a nine-room nine-room nine-room cottage, on the shores of Conneaut Lake. William A. Kleeb, 52, and Arthur II. Bigelow, 65, both of Pittsburgh, were found dead, apparently suffocated. suffocated. Kleeb was vice president and general manager of the park. Bigelow was assistant manager. Maurice Bigelow, son of Arthur, Arthur, and manager of the park's hotel, was the first to reach the scene but the fire had gained such headway that the trapped men could not be rescued. Donald J. MacDonald, also of Pittsburgh, auditor of the Conneaut Conneaut Lako Company, escaped from the cottage and summoned Conneaut Conneaut Lake and Meudvllle firemen. firemen. .. MacDonald was awakened by smoke in his second flood bedroom and dashed down the stairs. He said Blgelow's room was surrounded surrounded by flames. Meadville firemen, wearing smoke masks, entered the building and brought out the two victims. They had been burned only slightly. slightly. Bigelow was found lying underneath underneath an open window leading to a porch roof. Kleeb was on his bed on the first floor. Dr. Luther J. King, Crawford county coroner, opened an Investigation Investigation but said he believed an inquest inquest would not be necessary. It was believed the fire started from a stove in the kitchen after the men had retired. Bigelow Is survived by his wife and two sons. Kleeb by his wife and three daughters.