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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Thriller Thursday - Fatal Burns of Florida Craig

 From the Lexington Herald, January 27, 1915:


As a result of burns suffered the day before at the Old Ladies' Home where she was an inmate, Miss Florida Craig, 73 years of age, died yesterday morning at St. Joseph's Hospital and the body will be laid to its final rest at 11 o'clock this morning in the Lexington Cemetery.

Funeral services will be conducted at the home where for the past year Miss Craig had made her home. The Rev. E. J. Caldwell, of the First Baptist Church, will conduct the services and a class from the State University of Kentucky, which has been active in the work at the home will sing.

Miss Craig's death was caused by a burning coal rolling from the open fire before onto the bed, where she lay cramped and suffering with rheumatism. Because of her illness, she was unable to move from the flames which threatened her, and before assistance could be had was so horribly burned that she died from the result of her injuries yesterday morning. She was 73 years of age and comes of a once prominent family in Scott county. One brother, Charles Craig, survives her as the last of a long line of their family.

[Author's note: Florida Craig is related to me in two different ways: First, through the Parker & Todd family, she is my second cousin three times removed and through the Todd & Bodley line she is my fourth cousin three times removed. I also find this death somewhat suspicious. Did they have her sleeping on the floor, or were her bed coverings dragging on the floor? And notice that she is an inmate, not a patient or a resident as we might say today.]

Copyright 2011, ACK for Gene Notes

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