Minneapolis, MN Lafayette Club Fire, Jun 1922


Minneapolis Woman Refuses Rescue at Fire in Fashionable Club.

Special to The New York Times.

MINNEAPOLIS, June 18. - Miss Lucy Gilbert, head of the art department of the Minneapolis Public Library and sister of George F. Gilbert, Boston banker, was burned to death in a fire here today which destroyed the fashionable Lafayette Club because she refused to leave the side of an old and crippled friend.

Miss Gilbert and Mrs. Martin B. Koon, widow of Judge M. B. Koon and member of a prominent Minneapolis family, fell two stories, locked in each others arms, after Miss Gilbert had refused the aid of a man who tried to carry her out of the flames. Her last words were: "Get the others out. My friend is dying and I will stay with her."

Their bodies were found late today, but neither was recognizable. More than 100 members of the club were rescued by employes, some of whom were slightly injured. The blaze started early today while the occupants were sleeping, and so fast did the flames envelop the building that there were many narrow escapes.

The New York Times, New York, NY 19 Jun 1922