|Birth: ||Aug. 16, 1852|
|Death: ||Mar. 20, 1911|
SAMUEL REUBEN SHUNK (RN299)
NEWS ITEM/DETROIT FREE PRESS
TRYING TO SAVE $60, DIES IN FIRE
Alma Man Rushes into burning Auto Plant at Lansing for Coat; perishes.
LANSING, MICH.-March 20, Reuben F. Shunk, of Alma, aged 58 years, lost his life this afternoon when the plant of the Ideal Motor Company was gutted by fire. Shunk, after escaping from the building, went back after his coat in one of the pockets of which he had left $60. He was not seen alive again.
Captain Julius Baker, of Engine House #3, the oldest fireman in point of service, was hurt jumping to escape a falling wall, and several employees of the company were slightly burned in escaping from the burning structure. The loss is estimated at $50,000 covered by insurance.
The fire started at 2 o'clock from the spark of an emery paper used against the balance wheel of an otherwise finished engine. So rapidly did the flames spread that many of the 40 employees did not have time even to get their out-of-door garments nor gather together their tools. Some in the basement, where the blaze was hottest, broke windows in front of their benches and then were singed as they clambered through.
A stiff wind and an oil soaked factory floor added to the difficulties of extinguishing the fire, which repeatedly revived and threatened nearby houses. Adjoining buildings escaped practically uninjured however, through the efforts of chief Delfs and his men.
Samuel E. Shunk (1823 - 1897)
Barbara Ann Knepp Shunk (1825 - 1875)
Electa Sipe Shunk (1853 - 1919)*
Hannah "Maggie" Margaret Shunk West (1846 - 1920)*
Minerva Jane Shunk-Harmon Shook (1847 - 1920)*
Clarissa Anna Shunk Strong (1849 - 1875)*
Frances Marian Shunk Harman (1851 - 1936)*
Samuel Reuben Shunk (1852 - 1911)
Rachel Melinda Shunk Strong (1854 - 1935)*
Mariah Jane Shunk Glossop (1855 - 1915)*
Created by: Karen McKellar
Record added: Oct 25, 2009
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