Mar. 15, 1944 Cecil Washington County Pennsylvania, USA
The Daily Notes, Canonsburg, PA, Thursday, March 16, 1944, p1, c4
Victim of Grass Fire Buried This Afternoon Andrew D. Clyde Found Dead in Field Near Home When Firemen Respond to Call for Aid to Extinguish Blaze
When a grass fire which he had started for the purpose of burning off the accumulation on the barn lot, got out of control, Andrew D. Clyde, 65, veteran retired mail carrier and prominent resident of Cecil township, was burned to death Wednesday afternoon.
Canonsburg firemen, called to the scene to subdue the flames, found the body which had been severely burned.
Private funeral services were held at the late home, near Muse, this afternoon and burial was made in Oak Spring cemetery. The services were in charge of the Rev. W. L. Stewart of Crafton.
Veteran Rural Mailman
Mr. Clyde, a veteran rural mailman, served 30 years in that service and retired on November 27, 1933. Since that time he has resided on his farm near Muse and his son, P. McLean Clyde, resides on the same property.
According to members of the family, Mr. Clyde went to the field shortly after his noon-day meal. It is believed that the fire which he had started, got out of hand and in his frenzy to subdue it, he suffered a heart attack and became, unconscious, being burned to death in that condition.
Victim Severely Burned
The body was severly burned which influenced the family to arrange funeral services of a private nature today.
The deceased is survived by his widow, Lillian McConnell Clyde, a son, P. McLean, here, and two daughters, Mrs. J. A. May and Mrs. Clem Valot, both of California.