Clipped From Beatrice Daily Sun
Mother, Eight Children Die Exploding Oil Stove Causes Blaze Which Destroys Home. MUSKEGON, Mich., March 3 UP} —A mother, eight of her children and a roomer perished today when flames destroyed their flimsy frame home north of here. The fire roared through the house after an oil stove exploded while the mother, Mrs. Maude Clover, was preparing breakfast. The scene of the tragedy was the little resort community of Lakewood, 12 miles north of Muskegon. Muskegon. Fireman and deputy sheriffs found the bodies of the 46-year-old woman and eight children ranging ranging in age from 3 to 15 years in the ruins. A roomer, August Taskey Taskey also was a victim. Mrs. Clover, whose estranged husband lives in Grand Rapids, also had three other children who at first were feared to be victims of the blaze. Later it was learned they were not at home at the time. Two grown sons survived the fire but were badly burned before they could escape from the burning burning building. One was taken to Mercy hospital In Muskegon. In critical condition and almost almost incoherent, 17-year-old Howard Howard Clover said the flames leaped out of the stove at about 7 a. m. (CST) when the widow and her family were preparing breakfast. Most of the children were sleeping at the time. Within a few moments the wooden house, once used only as a summer residence, was all aflame. Young Clover said he stumbled to a window and pulled his 21- year-old brother, Ward, out with him.- Victory Harvey of Montague, one of the first persons to reach the scene, said the two youths I "were like human torches.'' .