|Death: ||Mar. 20, 1930|
3/22/1930 Pleasant Valley Buries Three Child Fire Victims (Saturday)
Separate Funerals Attended By Schoolmates, Friends In Tyron Neighborhood.
Tyron, March 21 – Heartaches were many in Pleasant Valley community Friday as townspeople, farmers and school children moved from one funeral service to another to be with grief stricken families of three children burned to death in the fire which destroyed the neighborhood's school Thursday noon.
The bodies of Lawanda Doddrill, 7 years old; Granville Murray, 6 years old, and Freddy Eaton, 8 years old, primary students who romped to school 24 hours before, were laid to rest, two at the Tyron cemetery and the third, that of Freddy, at Carney, a few miles away.
Eighty-odd children, their schoolmates, attended the services; Freddy's first. His funeral was held from his home in the country. His mother, grief stricken, was unable to leave the home. He was buried at the I.O.O.F. cemetery at Tyron at 10 o'clock. Lawanda's funeral followed an hour later, at the Christian Union church, her grave was near Freddy's.
Granville's funeral was at Carney and he was buried in the rural cemetery there.
There was not room enough at the blackboard in the primary room at Pleasant Valley school Thursday, for all the class to do its arithmetic lesson so three, these two little boys and Lawanda, sat in their seats near the stove. They were to do their's later. The room was cold; the temperature had taken a sudden change for the colder and Freddy set about to rebuild the fire which they believed had gone out during the morning. When he threw kerosene into the stove it exploded, sending a spray of the burning liquid over his clothing and that of Lawanda and Granville.
In an instant the room was in a panic. The teacher, Miss Anita Smith, did her best to get her charges to safety. Some she sent sprawling through the window, others she herded through the door with the assistance of Mrs. Margaret Carpenter, teacher in the other room. Mrs. Carpenter had been able to clear her room, the upper grades, in better order and she rushed to the aid of the little ones.
The room was filled with smoke and gas. It was impossible to see across it. How the three small victims died never will be known positively. The bodies of the little girl and Granville were found in the corner of the room after the fire burned itself out. Freddy's body was alone in another part of the school.
Patrons of the school were in deep mourning Friday but they praised the heroism of the teachers and Zella Anderson, Tyron highschool girl who was at the school at the time to help the school plan a pie supper scheduled for Friday night.
The heroic efforts of the three young women, the school patrons believed, was largely responsible for the fact that no more than the three lost their lives.
[THE OKLAHOMAN, Oklahoma City, OK]
Created by: Emily Jordan
Record added: Jun 24, 2012
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