Dallas, TX Orphans Home Fire, Jan 1897
THE HOLOCAUST -- SEVENTEEN CHILDREN PERISHED IN THE BUCKNER ORPHANS' HOME FIRE.
NINE LITTLE TOTS WERE SERIOUSLY AND PERHAPS FATALLY BURNED.
CRY OF DISTRESS HEARD.
DALLAS RESPONDED LIBERALLY WITH DONATIONS OF MONEY AND SUPPLIES -- THE MATRON'S CHILDREN.
Dallas, Tex., Jan. 16. -- The fullness of the horror of the fire at the Buckner orphans' home early this morning was not discovered and fully realized until daylight. The fire which, commenced about 10 o'clock Friday night and raged until the boy's dormitory was destroyed, did not cool enough for a search for bodies in the ashes until about 3 o'clock in the morning. At that time it was thought that only five children had been burned to death. When the ashes had cooled, enough to admit of a search scores of sympathizing friends and neighbors began the sad task of finding the bodies of the five whom it was known had perished. The search had hardly been instituted when the terrible truth that there were more than five bodies in the ashes appeared. The search continued until dawn, when fifteen bodies had been found. The names and homes of the dead are as follows:
OSCAR JACKSON, aged 12.
BERTIE BRITTON, aged 17.
MARVIN BRITTON and MILTON BRITTON (twins), aged 10, all of Dallas county.
CARLOS JONES, aged 6, of Hunt county.
WILLIE RICHARDS, aged 9, of Collins county.
GROVER CLEVELAND YARBOROUGH, aged 12, of Smith county.
PRESTON KRIBBS, aged 10, of Fannin county.
WILLIAME MILLER, aged 7, of Lamer county.
VIRGIL NELSON, aged 9, of Marion county.
EUGENE BLACK, aged 9, of Callahan county.
RICHARD MARKS, aged 9, of Denton county.
ARTHUR EDWARDS, aged 10, of Wise county.
OSCAR HOWARD, aged 7, of Cherokee county.
ROY KING, aged 6, of the Indian territory.
CHARLES O'BANNON, aged 13, died at 1 o'clock this afternoon from his burns.
The seriously injured are:
DAN GRAY, aged 6, seriously burned over two-thirds of his body; not expected to live.
EARL DOODLE, aged 6, badly burned on the back, but has a chance for recovery.
CHARLES BOYD FRIEND, aged 10, seriously and probably fatally burned on head, face and arms and injured on the head from jumping from the second story.
RICHARD ZURMWOLDT, aged 12, serioiusly burned on head, face and neck and both arms and hands.
DICK RICHARDS, aged 10, face, hands, feet and body burned; not expected to live.
FRANK CHAFFIN, aged 7, burns not serious.
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