Lansing, MI Hotel Kerns Fire Disaster, Dec 1934

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LIST OF DEAD, INJURED IN HOTEL FIRE
(By Associated Press)
Lansing, Dec. 11 -- A list of the dead and injured in the Kerns hotel fire, compiled at noon today:
Known dead:
Rep. T. HENRY HOWLETT, Gregory.
Rep. JOHN W. GOODWINE, Marlette.
Rep. CHARLES D. PARKER, Otisville.
Rep. DONALD E. SIAS, Midland.
Rep. VERN VOORHEES, Albion.
DAVID MONROE, assistant manager of the hotel.
I. WISHNEFF, of Los Angeles.
Six unidentified persons, including a woman, about 65.
Missing and feared dead:
State Senator JOHN LEIDLEIN, Saginaw.
R. S. McFARLAND, a Dayton, O., sales executive.
Injured:
Rep. MAURICE E. POST, Kent county.
DR. F. C. THIEDES, Grand Rapids.
CLARENCE SMITH, Coldwater.
A. BOSMER, Grand Rapids, serious.
FRED VAN DYNE, Owosso, fair.
THOMAS SHEDALL, Caro.
LLOYD KECK, Lansing.
C. H. THOMPSON, Grand Rapids.
WILLIAM JACOBI, Rutherford, N. J.
FRANK SOCHIA, Lansing.
HARRIS SILVERBERG, Detroit.
M. S. NOLAND, Battle Creek.
Rep. CHARLES T. KIMBALL, Jonesville.
Rep. D. KNOX HANNA, Caro, serious.
E. S. ALLEN, Mancelona.
A. D. CARR, Bloomington, Ind.
A. B. HANSON, Oscoda.
C. B. HERRENDEEN, Grand Rapids.
R. C. BLISS, Saginaw.
JAY PECK, Detroit.
D. W. PIERSON, Cadillac.
TED KLEIDNEST, Blissfield.
JAMES GRATIX, Chicago.
GEORGIA BALL, Lansing, a state employee.
NORMAN PEARLSTEIN, Detroit.
THOMAS SKEDGELL, Coral.
ALICE COSTERLIN, hotel resident.
NAVY PARKER, state stenographer.
HARRY LAVINE, Detroit.
R. J. DUBOY, Los Angeles.

(By Associated Press)
Lansing, Dec. 11 -- S. L. COLBURN, of Cassopolis, who escaped from the flaming Kerns hotel here today by leaping into the Grand river and swimming ashore, said a bell-boy whose name he did not know was one hero of the disaster.
"I don't know who he was," COLBURN siad, "but he was responsible for the escape of about 50 percent of those who wre saved. He had plenty of time to get out but instead ran from room-to-room, knocking on doors and shouting to guests. I last saw him running up a blazing stairway and he was in the building when the first wall caved in."
COLBURN said he pushed a business acquaintance, S. J. CLEMENS, into the river, then leaped and swam ashore, pulling CLEMENS after him.

The News Palladium Benton Harbor Michigan 1934-12-11