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Betty Jane Adams
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Birth: Aug. 17, 1920
Clay County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jun. 17, 1922
Clay County
Iowa, USA


The baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Adams of Spencer died Saturday from burns sustained from the explosion of a gas stove. Mrs. Adams formerly lived in this city, her maiden name being Grace Hubbard. The Spencer News Herold gives the following account of the accident:
A gasoline stove which exploded caused panic and then sorrow in the house of Mr and Mrs. H. A. Adams of East Park avenue Thursday evening. In the flames that burst out into the kitchen following the explosion, their little daughter, Betty Jane, was so badly burned that she died early Saturday morning.
An older sister, Grace Adams had been giving the children, Helen aged 5 years and Betty Jane, aged twenty-two months a bath. She had used a large tub in the kitchen and after lighting the gasoline stove went into another part of the house leaving the little ones to splash and play in the tub. Mrs. Adams had been attending a session of the convention of the Degree of Honor at the time of the accident and was in the office of Dr. J. B. Wertz when a telephone message announced the fire and the serious condition of the children, especially the baby.
What caused the explosion will never be known but the supposition is that the flames the gasoline tank and the excessive heat caused the detonation. The older sister was forced to go around the house to gain an entrance into the kitchen, the door between the rooms being locked. The room was so full of flames and smoke that it was impossible to distinguish any object whatever in the room. For a moment the older girl stood dazed and bewildered. But the knowledge that the two little sisters might be perishing spurred her on and she gained her way into the room. Little Helen was somewhat burned, her beautiful curls being singed. But the baby, Betty Jane, was so badly burned that faces grew grave at the sight of the blistered little body. The heroic rescuer sustained only a few slight bruises on her hands and face.
The fire company was summoned to the scene of the fire but workmen from the Cement Products plant on their way home to supper were before them and succeeded in quenching the flames. The kitchen presented a charred and smoky appearance and some of its furnishings were destroyed but the rest of the house was little hurt.
Kind neighbors and friends, physicians and other helpers did all they could for the sorrowing family and hope was sustained by them all especially the mother, until it was known that the question of recovery was an impossible one.
Betty Jane Adams was born in Spencer, August 17, 1920, and at the time of her death was one year and ten months of age. She was the baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Adams and besides her parents is survived by three sisters and one brother. The sisters are Anna, Grace and Helen and the brother, Mearl Adams, all at home.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at two o'clock from the home on East Park avenue and from the Baptist church at two-thirty o'clock. They were in charge of the Rev. J. P. Thomas, pastor of the church. Interment was made in Riverside cemetery.
A large crowd of friends gathered to show their sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Adams in their great sorrow, and a good many friends and relatives came from out-of-town. Among them were Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Cope of Ruthven. Mrs. Cope is Mrs. Adams mother. Other relatives of Mrs. Adams in attendence were her brothers, C. C. Hubbard of Langdon, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Hubbard of Emmetsburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Rue Hubbard of Fort Dodge. There were Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Adams, W. W. Adams and daughters, Florence and Lottie, and Mrs C. E. Laymen, all of Algona, brothers, sister and nieces of Mr. Adams. The following cousins were also present from Dickens: the Charles Carter, John C. Carter, L. A. Carter and A. E. Carter families.

(Obit from the Spencer News Herald, June 22, 1922, page 1, preceeded by a lead-in paragraph from the Vindicator And Republican (Estherville, Iowa) June 28, 1922, page 10, reporting on the same event) 
Family links: 
  Herbert Arthur Adams (1881 - 1937)
  Grace Margaret Hubbard Adams (1881 - 1939)
  Grace Adams Erikson (1905 - 1943)*
  Herbert M Adams (1907 - 1975)*
  Clair Adams (1910 - 1910)*
  Betty Jane Adams (1920 - 1922)
*Calculated relationship
Riverside Cemetery
Clay County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Block 1 Lot No. 58, Space 6
Created by: Burt
Record added: Jun 17, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38459872
Betty Jane Adams
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Betty Jane Adams
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