|Death: ||Jan. 13, 1897|
The Wichita Daily Eagle, Thursday, January 14, 1897, Page 5
BURNED TO DEATH
CHILD POURS COAL OIL INTO A BLAZING FIRE
Both Mother and Child are Burned—Child Dies From the Injuries Received, While the Mother Lies Prostrated From Grief and Her Own Injuries—Little Girl Never Regains Consciousness—Her Father on Duty at the Fire Department at the Time of the Accident—All is Done for the Child and Mother That Could be.
Florine, the little 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Daisy, residing at 139 North Fourth avenue, was horribly burned yesterday morning at 8 o'clock, in a coal oil explosion. She died from the effects of the burns just a few minutes before 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The funeral will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the house.
Mrs. Daisy had not arisen from her bed when the accident occurred. She had been ailing and the shock has left her in a precarious condition. The little girl got up and had gone into the dining room, finding that the fire was not burning fast enough she went into the kitchen and got the coal oil can, which was nearly full, and poured some of the oil into the stove. Immediately the fire caught the oil in the can and a terrible explosion occurred.
The child was covered with oil and she was completely enveloped in the fire in a second. Her screams and the noise from the explosion reached her sick mother, who hurried to her assistance. The little girl was in her night clothes, and her mother, in trying to get the clothes off her, was badly burned about the hands and on her arms, up to her elbows.
The misery and suffering which the girl endured cannot be described, her screams attracted the attention of the neighbors who hurried to the assistance of Mrs. Daisy. In the excitement no one thought to send in the fire alarm, but fortunately the flames were soon extinguished. Before the fire could be put out, and the child's clothes removed, she was badly burned. The flames had burned her clothes nearly off of her , and her body and face were raw.
Sitting in a room not six feet away from the scene of the explosion, was a five gallon can full of gasoline. Mrs. Kline, the mother of Mrs. Daisy, ran into the room and carried this can of gasoline out of doors, passing through the room where room where the accident occurred. She thought the house was on fire, and knowing that that amount of oil would blow the house up, she got it out of the room. It seems marvelous that the fire did not ignite with the gasoline.
As soon as the fire was put out, little Florine was carefully laid on the bed, and medical aid was immediately summons, and everything that loving hands could do to relieve her was done. She never regained consciousness and died unmindful of her terrible sufferings.
Her father was on duty at Hose House No. 1 at the time of the accident. O. C. Daisy, brother of E. G. Daisy, said last night that Mrs. Daisy was much more severely injured than was first supposed. She is in a serious condition, and it is feared that the shock, together with wounds she sustained, may prove fatal.
Mrs. Daisy has heart trouble, and this terrible accident has completely prostrated her. She was resting as easy as could be expected at a late hour last night.
The Wichita Daily Eagle, Friday, January 15, 1897, Page 5
GENTLY LAID TO REST
Little Florrine Daisy is Tenderly Carried to Her Last Resting Place.
The funeral of little Florrine Daisy, who died yesterday from the effects of an explosion of a kerosene can—a full account of which appeared in yesterday's Eagle—was buried at 2 o'clock yesterday. The brief but impressive service was conducted by Elder Wareham, Pastor of the First Baptist church.
The house was filled with sympathizing friends of the bereaved parents. The mother of the little girl was prostrated with grief, and besides this her injuries were of such a serious nature that she was unable to be taken down stairs, and in deference to her condition it was thought best to have only a brief service and no singing.
The fireman of Engine company No. 1 sent an elegant floral cross, and the Sunday school of the First Baptist church sent a handsome boquet of white flowers, while a beautiful wreath was sent by other friends.
At the grave the Baptist choir sang two songs, "At the Cross" and "Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus," which were especial favorites of little Florrine whose little from lay there in its little white casket, beyond all recall. And as the last words floated up to Him who had already received the little spirit, her little form was gently lowered into its last resting place, and after the last tones of the song died away, the last prayer was said, and the family and friends returned, leaving here there to await the early morning of the day, which may be centuries away, or it may only be hours, when the death who in life did not forget their Maker, shall return to Him.
Four of the fire company boys acted as pall bearers, and the fire captain appeared as one of the mourners. Mr. Daisy being a member of his company. Chief Walden was also present. Sympathy for the mother and father was expressed in many ways by scores of neighbors and friends, and is greatly appreciated by the sorrowing parents. Such bereavements coming like a flash of lightning, are double hard to bear.
Edward G. Daisy (1864 - 1916)
Emma Louise Kline Dowers (1866 - 1939)
Fred Fontleroy Daisy (1889 - 1948)*
Florine E. Daisy (1890 - 1897)
Raymond Edward Daisy (1897 - 1977)*
Plot: Section 1, Lot 66, Grave 3
Created by: Bill Pennington
Record added: Jan 06, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23778806
David M. Habben
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