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George Francis Croncich
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Birth: Jan. 29, 1919
Harrison County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Dec. 31, 1925
Harrison County
Mississippi, USA

Printed in Daily Herald, Biloxi, MS on 12/31/1925:


"Fire accompanied by the grim reaper of human live, which has been sweeping the United States for the past week or more taking its toll in death, visited Biloxi this morning and claimed George Croncich, six years, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Croncich, when the family home at 219 Maple street was consumed by flames. The fire started about eight o'clock. Mrs. Croncich left the home to go to the store of Charles DeJean at the corner of Maple street and East Howard avenue. George, the dead boy, was asleep in a front room on the second floor. Downstairs were three smaller children, two of whom were the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Simmons, and the other boy, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Cassanova). These three are granchildren of Mr. and Mrs. John Croncich. Mrs. F. Boudwin(sic), residing in (the) home adjoining on the north, saw the smoke and ran into the home in time to take the three smaller children out. They were crying and were making their way to the front door. In the mean while, Fred Know, driver of East End No. 1. was in the DeJean Store conversing with Mr. DeJean when the smoke was investigated and the home was found to be on fire. Scores of volunteers soon gathered and in the excitment the story was passed around that there was still another in the burning house, which became enveloped quickly. Desperate attempts were made by fireman and volunteers to reach the room of the boy. two streams of hose were quickly brought into play in the front of the burning home, which within a few minutes became a mass of roaring flames. There was no water pressure, however. The electric pumps in the interior of the city were unable to give any pressure (to) so far a corner of the city with such a drain of water supply in the city. Eight o'clock is the hour at which the heaviest drain of the morning is on the waterworks system. The pumper of the department was brought into use as quickly as possible and a heavy stream was brought into play, but it was too late to reach the room containing the youth. The boy is believed to have been overcomed by smoke in his sleep and when he awoke his room was a blazing furnace. After the fire was under control his body was brought from the room. He was burnt to a crisp and beyond recognition. Local physicians were promptly on the scene, but there was no sign of life and their attention was directed to the mother and the other members of the family, who were taken to the homes of neighbors. No cries of help were heard from young Croncich. Great credit goes to the men who made attempts at the risk of their lives trying to reach his room. The house, a frame building, was owned by Charles DeJean and there was only a small amount of insurance on it. It was practically destroyed. The belongings were (also) practically destroyed, only a few things being saved. The dead boy leaves besides his parents a large number of relatives. Funeral arrangements have not been completed."

Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Records, Book 14, pg 42: George was the 6 yrs, 11 months, 2 days old when he died in a house fire which destoyed the family home at 218 Maple St., Biloxi. His three young nephews were rescued; however, George, who was asleep on the second floor, was overcome by smoke and could not be saved. 
Family links: 
  John Croncich (1868 - 1927)
  Frances Hightower Croncich (1878 - 1963)
  John Franklin Croncich (1896 - 1956)*
  Alethea Croncich Cassanova (1900 - 1982)*
  Lena Croncich Breal (1902 - 1978)*
  Julius Croncich (1904 - 1923)*
  Esther Croncich Lee (1911 - 2003)*
  George Francis Croncich (1919 - 1925)
*Calculated relationship
Biloxi City Cemetery
Harrison County
Mississippi, USA
Plot: 5th section
Created by: Carmella Seymour
Record added: Mar 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67571273
George Francis Croncich
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