Silver Lake, Oregon Fire
December 24, 1894
40 ARE DEAD!
Horrible Holocaust at a Holiday Fete in Oregon.
Sets Fire to the Hall and Escape is Cut Off.
OTHERS WILL DIE.
The Story of the Sad Disaster is Most
ASHLAND, Ore., Dec. 29. – Advices were
received here last evening from Klamath Falls,
Ore., of a most horrible and fatal accident at
Silver Lake, Lake county, Oregan, [sic], caused
by the overturning of a lamp at a gathering on
Christmas Eve, in which over forty lives were
lost and sixteen persons badly injured, five of
whom will probably die. The gathering had
assembled in the hall above
Bros.’ store, and consisted of children who,
with their parents and relatives, were having a
grand time and enjoying what Santa Claus had
brought them, little dreaming that many of them
would never leave the building alive. Some one
attempted to get where he could see and hear
better by jumping upon a bench in the middle of
the hall. In doing so his head struck a lamp
hanging from the ceiling causing the oil to run
out, which immediately caught fire. While trying
to take the lamp down it was tipped so that the
oil ran out on the floor. From that time on, the
scene was terrible.
The lamp was finally taken down, but it fell
to the floor. In the attempt to get it outside,
it was kicked to the door, where it lay as it
could not be touched on account of the intense
heat. People were compelled to rush through the
flames in order to reach the door and many
perished in the attempt.
The killed are:
MRS. JOHN BUCK, FREDDIE
J. J. BUCK AND DAUGHTER
AND TWO CHILDREN.
WOOD HEARST AND WIFE
FRANK WEST, WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN.
T. J. LAMBRIES AND CHILD
MRS. U. F. ABASHER.
MRS. NETTIE WILLIAMS AND CHILD
W. CLAY MARTIN AND WIFE
MRS. ELLA WARD AND CHILD
FRANK ROSS, MOTHER AND SISTER
ROY WARD’S CHILD
MRS. GUS SHROEDER AND CHILD
The five injured like to die are:
Mrs. T. J. Labrie, Bob
Snelling and sister,
Ed Payne and son.
The building, a two-story structure,
including the postoffice [sic] and the entire
stock of goods of
Christman Bros., were consumed.
Further particulars could not be learned last
night. Silver Lake is over a hundred miles from
Klamath Falls and the stage brought the news to
Fort Wayne News, Fort Wayne, IN 29 Dec
Jenni Lanham. Thank you,
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