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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Two more yield to gas fumes

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:11 PM

March 25, 1912

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Two more yield to gas fumes

Phillip Neumacher and George Meagher, both of Norwalk, have died at the Huron County infirmary since Saturday from the effects of breathing burned gas fumes in the dormitory of the boiler house Friday night. This brings the list of dead from this cause to eight.

Mr. Neumacher died Sunday afternoon and Mr. Meagher passed away at an early hour Monday morning. There are now six of the fourteen living and the six have regained consciousness but are still very weak and are unable to tell what occurred that made them desperately ill.

The cause of the catastrophe is being investigated by Coroner Crecelius, who held an inquest in the common pleas court room Monday morning. Prosecuting Attorney Young conducted the questioning.

Superintendent A.G. Bedford testified that on Friday afternoon several of the inmates went to the boiler room while the room on the first floor of the building was being scrubbed. He testified that he did not know who turned the damper in the pipe, if the damper was turned by anyone. The inmates occupied the lounging room on the first floor after supper.

Philatheas meet and elect officers

The Philathea class of the Methodist Sunday school held a meeting at the home of Miss Alice Kosht, Milan Street, for the election of new officers, which resulted as follows:

President, Minnie Sumerlin; vice president, Ruth Ingersoll; Secretary, Helen Cyphers; Treasurer, Alice Kosht; and Press Reporter, Edna Kennedy.

The cabinet elected as the Volunteer committee Lizetta Knapp, Hazel Ketcham and Florence Lewis and as the social committee, Ruth Lee, Marian Warner and Edith Wilson.

A death at Monroeville

Mrs. Fannie Forden, for many years a well known resident of this city, died Sunday morning at 4:30 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.H. Lawson of Monroeville, formerly of Collins, with whom she had made her home for a number of years. Mrs. Forden’s death was due to bronchial pneumonia, with which she had been a sufferer for the past week.

The deceased was born at Toronto, Canada and at the time of her death was 74 years, 6 months and 11 days old. Her husband died many years ago and besides the daughter at whose home she passed away, Mrs. Forden is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Hannah Loew of Monroeville, and by one son, George Forden of Washington, D.C., who together with his daughter, Lucile, arrived in Monroeville last Friday in time to be recognized by his mother.

Notice of appointment

Notice is hereby given that Samuel D. Morse has been appointed and qualified as administrator of the estate of Abigail C. Hawks, late of Huron County, Ohio, deceased. All persons having claims against said estate will present them, duly authenticated, to said administrator for allowance.

— Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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