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Title: Obituaries Williamsport, IN. Warren Review- Thursday, June 11, 1896 Edition
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Mrs. Curtis Pence of Jordan Township died at her home in the above Township on Monday, June 1st after a long illness from paralysis at teh age of sixty years. She was a noble woman and a sister of Jacob Etnire living near this place. The funeral services conducted by the Rev. Dickinson were held on last Wednesday from the Jordan church, after which the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near by. She was a kind mother and a faithful wife and was loved by all who knew her. One of the most horrible accidents, which can fall to the lot of mankind, befell Mrs. Nettie Huffman, daughter of Jackson Steadman and wife formerly of this place, at her home in Boswell on last Friday night at about 10 o'clock. Mrs. Huffman, since the death of her husband some two years ago with her mother, Mrs. Hulda Steadman, has been keeping a boarding house in Boswell where she made a living for her aged mother and a little son. It seems that Mrs. Stedman had gone to visit another daughter at Otternein, and taht Mrs. Huffman had secured a young lady of Boswell to stay with her at night during her mother's absence. This young lady attended a social on Friday evening and upon her return about 10 o'clock, Mrs. Huffman, who slept upstairs, got up taking a lamp in her hand to go down and open the door which had been bolted from within. At the top of the stairway she is supposed to have made a misstep as she rolled down against the stair door breaking the lamp and igniting the oil which had scattered all over her. She was at once enveloped in flames. In her desperate efforts to free herself the door was burst open and she rolled out into the room below, a mass of flames setting fire to this part of the house also. Every stitch of clothing except the neckband of her nightgown had burned from her body when assistance arrived, and her flesh had been literally cooked on every part of the body, except her head and face, until it dropped off leaving great holes. A young man was passing at the time of the accident and upon Mrs. Huffman's cries for aid, he gave the alarm, spread also by the firl, and breaking in the outer door found her enveloped in flames. Huge, forked blue flames leaped from her body, and the ends of her fingers and her cries for help were most piteous. Seizing a comfort he smothered out the flames and tore the fragment of burning collar from about her neck, while others extinguished the fire about the house and summoned a physician who did all that could be done to relieve her great suffering. In such agony of body she lived until about 5 o'clock Saturday morning when death relieved her. During all this time she is said to have been conscious most of the time. It is said that she was engaged to a prominent citizen of the county and that the wedding was to have taken place on the 10th inst. She leaves a bright boy about two years old. The funeral services conducted by Rev. Yount were held at 10 o'clock Sunday under the direction of the Daughter's of Rebecca and the Woman's Relief Corps of which orders she was a member.

Date: 6/11/1896
Origin: Warren Review Extracted from Microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003557
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 4/29/2014
Entered By: Chris Brown

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