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Alma Shaw
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Birth: Oct. 7, 1896
Missouri, USA
Death: Apr. 28, 1916
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

Little is known about Alma Shaw, other than she was part of a terrible fire tragedy that happened at the Hall farm when an accidental fire burned several people, including Ed Hall and his mother Martha Hall to their death.


Birth: in Missouri, likely in Lawrence county

Census: 1900. age 5, Miller, Lawrence county, Missouri with parents & seven siblings, being listed 6th.

Census: 1910, age 14 Marion township, Jasper county, Missouri in Edward M Hall's household with his mother, listed servant.

Death: cremated in house fire at Hallwood Farm, Marion township, Jasper county, Missouri

Father: Thomas E Shaw b: AUG 1857 in Missouri
Mother: Mary (unknown) b: DEC 1860 in Missouri

Above statistics provided courtesy Bill Boggess

She was single and only 22 years of age when she tragically died in the fire.

Information gathered from death certificates of Ed and Martha Hall and also Miss Shaw's death certificate, #14798

Funeral arrangements were handled by Ed Knell of Knell Undertaking Company.



Mrs. W. E. Hall and Maid Die in Flames, While Former's Son, Ed, Succumbs at Hospital This Afternoon to Burns Received in Attempt to Save His Mother


Impossible to Identify charred Remains Taken From Ruins of $10,000 Home Northwest of Carthage - Search for Other Victim Continues - Origin of blaze, Which Started After Family Retired for Night is Mystery

Mrs. W. E. Hall and a girl in her employ, Miss Alma Shaw, died in the fire which at 10 o'clock last night destroyed the commodious residence at Hallwood farm, five mile northwest of Carthage, and Mrs. Hall's son, Ed M. Hall received burns in an attempt to save his mother, which resulted in his death at the Carthage hospital at 3 o'clock this afternoon.

The only occupants of the house were Mrs. Hall and her son, Ed and Miss Shaw. They had retired early and were asleep when the fire started. Ed Hall was roused from his slumber by the screams of his mother and at the same time he smelled smoke in the room. Without waiting to dress, he rushed to his mother's room, with a view to rescuing her but found her room empty. He then groped his way through the passages of the house and into certain rooms, hunting for his mother. Thinking she had probably gone on out of doors, he passed out of the house and hunted for her outdoors and call for her.

Getting no trace of her in this way, he returned to the house seeking his mother inside once more, and it was on this return trip to the house that he received his terrible burns. The fire had been gaining headway in the meantime and, after seeking his mother in all reachable portions of the building and even in some places where he should have not risked going, he had to give up the search. The first arrival of neighbors and of the families of the help who lived on the farm found Ed pacing up and down the west side of the house calling for his mother, unmindful of his surroundings or of other people. He had to be restrained from again entering the house. By the time it was considered impracticable to get into the house for further search. It was Ed Hall's statement made at this time which supplies the story of what happened so far as known.

Search for Bodies Begins
It was thought possible last night that Mrs. Hall and Miss Shaw had escaped the burning building and wandered away in a semi-conscious condition or had fallen unconscious somewhere. but this was only a hope and a diligent search showed that it had no foundation. In fact several parties who later were able to stand near the west foundation after the building had fallen in, were sure they could detect the odor of burned flesh. Today it was conceded that the bodies of the two women were buried in the burning embers, and a search for them began.
The charred remains of one of the women were found about 10:30 o'clock this morning. Only the trunk of the body was recovered and it was impossible to tell which of the women's body it was. However, the location of the place where the body was lying in the ruins led to the belief that it was that of Mrs. Hall, it being at the front of the house, beneath where the head of the stairway had been. The body was brought to the morgue of the Knell Undertaking Company. The search for the other body continues. Nor funeral arrangements have been made.

About midnight, Ed Hall was taken to the Carthage hospital for treatment. A physician from Carthage had been summoned and rendered first aid treatment. From the first it was realized that he was in a dangerous condition. His body was black from head to foot, his lips and eyes were swollen and some of his burns seemed severe. However, as he was very scantily clad, wearing only his night clothes, when he was fighting his way through the burning building, there was little on him to burn and make deep wounds. It was hoped for this reason that most of his burns were superficial. At the hospital today it was found that his injuries were much more severe than first thought and his condition was at noon pronounced very grave indeed.

Tom Hall, of this city, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Hall, received word of the fire and reached the burning residence shortly after 11 o'clock, anxious to do all he could to recover his mother or render any aid possible. He was too late, however, to accomplish anything except help look after his injured brother, Ed. This he did efficiently. He returned to the ruins of the farm home for awhile this morning to direct the work designed to secure recovery of the remains of the burned women.

Firemen Rushed to Scene
A large number of Carthage people heard of the fire and drove out in buggies and automobiles last night to watch the fire in progress and render any help possible, but there was nothing that they could do. Chief S. T. Mathews and Fireman James Mealey, of the Carthage fire department, were taken out to the farm in a taxicab, arriving there about midnight. They took with them six of the small chemical fire extinguishers of which the department has a supply, but they could do nothing, as the walls had fallen in and lay in the basement, a mass of glowing coals.
Some garments found in the yard near the house during the fire was interpreted by some to mean that Miss Shaw, when roused by the fire, had paused in an effort to save some of the things in the house by throwing them out of a window, and thus waited too long in saving herself.

The Hallwood farm is equipped with an elaborate water system, including a supply of water for all parts of the residence, but the falling of the burning walls early in the fire had broken and disabled these so as to incapacitate the whole system. Water was being hauled in wagon today for extinguishing the extensive bed of coals in the basement, so as to recover the bodies of the two women burned in the fire. As the water works system on the farm was so disabled, this was the only way in which it was possible to fight the smoldering remnants of the fire. However, a plumber was busy today repairing the system and installing a pipe to carry water to the fire.

Curious Not Allowed on Grounds
Swarms of people drove out to Hallwood farm this morning to see the ruins, but the outer gates of the place were locked and a man was stationed at the gate to announce that all visitors would have to be kept out, so that workmen would not be hindered or delayed in their efforts to recover the remains of the two women who were burned to death.

The origin of the fire is unknown, but it is thought probable that it started in the kitchen or at least in the back part of the house, as the rear portion of the building was most in flames when the fire was discovered.
No other of the numerous buildings on the farm were burned. The wind was in a favorable direction, blowing the flames, smoke and embers out over the front lawn and across the road where there were no buildings. There are two or three residences on the place grouped south of the main residence, occupied by the families of men employed on the farm. There were also several barns, sheds and an office building, located at various points on the east and west of the residence. Had the wind been in any other direction than the south, therefore, some of these buildings would have probably burned.
The Hallwood home was a large modern, frame building of about 15 rooms, well furnished. The loss is estimated at $10,000 partially covered by insurance.

Miss Shaw, who also lost her life in the fire had resided with Mrs. Hall for about six years. She is survived by the father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Shaw, of Stotts City. A younger sister came to Carthage today, but returned to her home this afternoon. The father arrived this afternoon and other members of the Shaw family are expected tomorrow.

MAY 1, 1916




One of the largest funerals ever held in Carthage was the triple funeral held at the First Methodist church at 2:30 o'clock over the remains of Mrs. W. E. Hall, her son, Ed M. Hall and her maid, Miss Alma Shaw, who lost their lives in the Hallwood fire Friday night. The charred remains of Mrs. Hall and Miss Alma Shaw were in one casket. The remains of Ed Hall, who died Saturday afternoon from his burns, were in a separate coffin. The bodies were laid to rest in the mausoleum in Park Cemetery.
The funeral was characterized by the large number of lodges and societies who attended in bodies.

Floral Offerings Beautiful
A wealth of beautiful floral tributes from societies and individuals were banked on and around the caskets.
Rev. R. N. Allen of Lexington, Mo., who was Mrs. Hall's pastor while in charge of the Methodist church, South, here some years ago, conducted the funeral. He was assisted by Rev. C. A. Powers, of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, at Webb City, and Rev. W. G. Clinton, pastor of the First Methodist church, where the funeral was held.

Impressive Church Services
At the opening of the funeral obsequies this afternoon, the preachers met the two caskets at the door of the church and preceded them to the altar, while Rev. R. N. Allen read the scriptures as supplied by the ritual.
"Lead Kindly Light," was then sung by a quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Wallace, Mrs. Marian Wright Powers and Joseph Stebbins, of Kansas City, with Miss Lua Holiday as accompanist.
Rev. C. A. Powers of the Webb City Methodist church, South, read the ninetieth Psalm.
"Saved by Grace," was sung by the quartet.
Dr. W. G. Clinton, pastor of the First Methodist church, where the funeral was held, read the fifteenth chapter of First Corinthians, following which Rev. Mr. Powers offered prayer.

Firm Close for Funeral
After the quartet had rendered "Safe in the Arms of Jesus," brief addresses were made by Dr. Clinton and Rev. Mr. Powers. These were followed by Rev. Mr. Allen, who delivered the principal address and closed with prayer. As the procession left the church, the quartette hummed "Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand."
Out of respect to the memory of the dead persons the banks and other business houses of Carthage closed from 2:30 to 3:30 o'clock.
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Oak Crest Abby Mausoleum
Created by: NJBrewer
Record added: Jan 30, 2011
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Alma Shaw
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