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Lydia Ann Walters Early
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Birth: Jan. 15, 1872
Dauphin County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 10, 1907
Swatara
Dauphin County
Pennsylvania, USA

!DEATH: PA Death Certificate File # 47131
!BURIAL: Stone Church Graveyard, Cumberland Co., PA
!OBITUARY: Harrisburg Patriot Friday May 10, 1907, p. 1
Harrisburg Patriot Friday May 10, 1907, p. 1
Mrs. L.A. Early Died Of Burns

Dropped Lighted Lamp Which Set Her Clothing Afire.

Fainted From The Shock

Wedding Party Left Bridal Supper To Render Aid.

For the past week or more Mrs. Lewis A. Early, of 2113 Greenwood Street, had been convalescing from a severe illness which left her in a more or less nervous condition and during that time it is said she has had several fainting spells.

Mr. Early was at work last evening and Mrs. Early had just put her small children to bed. Carrying the lighted lamp in her hands she started down stairs. She was still veryous last evening and it is thought she became suddenly faint at the top of the stairs - and dropped the lighted lamp.

Fainted When Clothing Caught

In a trice the burning oil pouring out on the floor and set Mrs. Early's clothing ablaze. She screamed and then fainted. Then the children saw their mother in flames and they began screaming with fright.

A few doors away - at No. 2119 - a wedding party had just returned from the parsonage of the Derry Street United Brethren church. Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Rickabaugh had just been married and luncheon was being served at the Rickabaugh's new home. Suddenly the party heard the screaming of the children which sounded as if it came from the Early residence.

To the back and front doors went the men of the party but the doors were locked. They shouted but they could not make the screaming children understand. Then the front door was forced. The men ran upstairs, followed by the frighte
ned bride and bridesmaid and the other ladies in the party.

Wedding Party Rendered Aid

On the floor at the top of the stairway lay Mrs. Early, her body literally wrapped in the flames. Immediately carpets and rugs were thrown about the burning woman and the flames were smothered. The bride and bridesmaid got sweet oil and other things of the kind to ease the woman's pain; the groom raced to the nearest telephone and called the police ambulance; the best man ran up the street for a physician. For Mrs. Early, although she was conscious then, seemed to be exhausted by the shock and the pain, and it was thought advisable that she be taken to the hospital as soon as possible.

Patrolman Funk went along in the ambulance and it was 10:05 when the call reached police headquarters. Driver Pratt made a record run to the Early residence - it was just 10:14 when the ambulance reached the house. In another nine or ten minutes Mrs. Early was at the Harrisburg Hospital.

The woman's body was terribly burned, particularly about the face, shoulders, breast and arms. Her clothes had been burned off her body. Particles of it, except where the bandages enwrapped her, hung in little patches on the flesh.

Mrs. Early died at 1:43 this morning without having regained consciousness. 
 
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 Parents:
  George Walters (1849 - 1921)
  Elizabeth Rhoades Walters (1854 - 1938)
 
 Spouse:
  Lewis Augustas Earley (1871 - 1920)*
 
 Children:
  Lulu Esther Earley McDonald (1899 - 1981)*
 
 Siblings:
  Lydia Ann Walters Early (1872 - 1907)
  Harvey Milton Walters (1874 - 1961)*
  Alice Catherine Walters Shaffer (1877 - 1944)*
  Simon Peter Walters (1883 - 1943)*
  George Washington Walters (1886 - 1950)*
  Charles Edward Walters (1889 - 1945)*
  Susan Ruth Walters Fox (1891 - 1957)*
  Elsie Mae Walters Kepner (1894 - 1948)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery
Silver Spring Township
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Kathy in NW Indiana
Record added: Mar 03, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8464135
Lydia Ann <i>Walters</i> Early
Added by: Wendy Houck
 
 
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 Added: Oct. 30, 2010
 
 
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