Haverhill, MA Boys Suffocate in Ice Box, Aug 1953


Butchy Ferguson, Michael Rogers (United Press Telephotos)

Bodies Found in Abandoned Icebox in Massachusetts
The United Press

HAVERHILL, Mass. – Two small boys were found suffocated inside an abandoned ice box here late last night, the third tragedy of its kind in 36 hours.

In a day and half unused ice boxes have lured 11 curious children to their death.

The latest victims, whose bodies were found just before midnight, were Edward P. (Butchy) Ferguson, 3, and Michael T. Rogers, 4. A posse of 200 police, firemen and volunteers had searched for four hours before one searcher, Lucien Duvall, 33, happened to look in the ice box in a Haverhill dump.

Earlier yesterday an abandoned refrigerator at Richmond, Va., yielded the bodies of four barefoot boys. On Wednesday night, the bodies of five youngsters were found in an ice box at Crawfordsville, Ark.

In Washington, the Refrigeration Trade Association of America called an industry-wide conference for next Tuesday to consider ways of preventing old ice boxes from becoming death traps.

Safety officials urged families to remove hinges and latches from any ice box or other air-tight container left where children might play.

Memphis Press Scimitar, Memphis, Tennessee 1953-08-14