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Francis Gerald "Frank" Benum
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Birth: Jun. 17, 1922
Pierce County
Washington, USA
Death: May 13, 1931
Pierce County
Washington, USA

Inscription Son, 1922-1931

Child of Adolf & Bertha Benum (burial in same cemetery)

Spanaway Boy is Fatally Burned
Frank, the eight year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Benum of Spanaway, was so severely burned by gasoline fire Tuesday evening that he died the following morming. It seems that he with his 10 year old brother, Arnold and a neighbor boy also ten were burning insulation off some copper wire and used gasoline to help the burning. Not much gasoline was used but a sudden flare caught the boy's clothing and he immediately became a living torch.

He ran 600 feet to the house where his mother and the other boys succeeded in smothering the flames and he was immediately taken to the county hospital, where he was placed under opiates to relieve his intense suffering. While the flesh was not so severely burned it is thought by the doctors that he drew the flames into his lungs. There are three brothers and three sisters. The body was taken to Piper's Funeral Parlors.

Name: Frank Benum
Death date: 13 May 1931
Death place: Tacoma, Pierce, Washington
Gender: Male
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Age at death: 8 years 11 months 2 days
Estimated birth year: 1923
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Father name: Adolf K. Benum
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Mother name: Bertha Mcgune
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Film number: 2022827
Digital GS number: 4221551
Image number: 929
Reference number: 567
Collection: Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960
Spanaway Cemetery
Pierce County
Washington, USA
Plot: Spanaway Lutheran
Created by: Boojee
Record added: Sep 05, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21378444
Francis Gerald Frank Benum
Added by: Boojee
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