The date was May 30, 1912, and the day was supposed to be a pleasurable experience for Otho Kirtley, his wife, Frankie (Frances Armilda Leonard), their daughter Mary, and Hermon Crandall King, an employe of Kirtley. Instead it turned into a tragedy.
Kirtley and his wife were both 37; their daughter was 8, not 4 as stated in the article; King was 17. Mary's death certificate incorrectly lists her mother as Elizabeth Leonard and not Frankie, but further research led me to the newspaper article and incidentally, I found no record in any Missouri newspaper. The Gulfport, Mississippi Herald seemed to be the most complete.
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