|Birth: ||Oct. 17, 1932|
|Death: ||Sep. 26, 1938|
William E Hazelton, aged 6, of 5232 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming Township, died early Monday morning, November 28th, in a fire of undetermined origin along with his sisters. The four children were asleep in their first floor bedroom at the time.
A fifth child of the Hazeltons, Jane, 12, was visiting an aunt, Mrs Bess Garrell, of Winamac, IN, 30 miles south west of South Bend.
The parents were visiting friends two blocks away at the time the flames were discovered. The father had been home about an hour earlier "to see that the children were all right," and had left them sleeping. He told investigators that he did not detect smoke when he left.
The neighbors, who discovered the flames, extracted the children from their bedroom and carried the children to the front yard, but they were already dead. Flames were shooting from different parts of the house, but the bedroom where the children died was not destroyed until later when the house collapsed. The judgment of the coroner was that the children were killed by the terrific heat and suffocation before the window was broken to get them out of the house.
The superstructure of the 75-year-old house collapsed a few minutes after the firemen reached the scene. The father became hysterical at the scene of the quadruple tragedy and was taken by friends. Mrs Hazelton suffered nervous shock. She collapsed at the scene of the fire, dropping near the bodies of her four children. She was taken to St Marys hospital.
The Hazeltons came to Grand Rapids from a farm about 3 miles northwest of Stanton more than tree years ago. They had resided in their last residence, known as the old Bos farm, approximately 18 months. Mr Hazelton is a millwright for the Kelvinator corporation.
In addition to their parents and sister, the children leave behind their grandparents Mrs Rosanna Hazelton of Stanton and Mr and Mrs Thomas Baldwin of Edmore; and aunts and uncle: Miss Beulah Hazelton of Shepherd, Mrs Nona Swensen of Grand Rapids, Mr Karl J Hazelton of Grand Rapids, and Mrs Bess Garrell of Winamac, IN.
(The above information is paraphrased from articles found in the Grand Rapids Press from November 1938.)
Roscoe D. Hazelton (1896 - 1961)
Ella L Baldwin Hazelton (1900 - 1991)
Doris Agnes Hazelton (1928 - 1938)*
Marjorie Ann Hazelton (1930 - 1938)*
William E Hazelton (1932 - 1938)
Helen Jo Hazelton (1934 - 1938)*
Created by: Tom Carr
Record added: Mar 21, 2010
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