Elkhart, IN Fire Razes Farm House, Nov 1955


Elkhart, Ind. (AP) - A 10-room frame farmhouse burned late last night, killing an Amish farmer and three of his 13 children.
Sheriff Vernon Cripe said the dead were SIMON SLABAUGH, 47, and his sons, GLENN, 10, SIMON, JR., 9, and LARRY, 5. The boys were asleep upstairs.
The sheriff estimated damage at $12,000.
Six of the SLABAUGH children were away.
MRS. SLABAUGH and four children who were sleeping downstairs escaped unhurt. The mother said her husband helped them to safety and then went back into the house for the other children.
As he entered the front door an explosion wrecked the burning building.
Deputy Woody Caton said the fire probably started from a heating stove, which a daughter filled with corn cobs and wood before retiring. He attributed the explosion to bottled gas used for cooking.

Cumberland Evening Times Maryland 1955-11-03