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Sarah Jane Fletcher

Birth
Death Jul 1881 (aged 13–14)
Mitchell County, Kansas, USA
Burial Beloit, Mitchell County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 106263009 · View Source
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daughter of A.F. Fletcher

1880 census in Beloit, Ks lists
Alvin & Mariah Fletcher with children Sarah (age 12), Linda, John, & Addie

July 21, 1881
Cawker City Free Press
- A WOEFUL ACCIDENT.--On Saturday last
about two o'clock in the afternoon, while
the sun was pouring down his most intense
heat, the alarm of fire was given, and our
citizens rushed pell-mell to the scene of con-
flagration, which proved to be the dwelling
house of the family of A. F. Fletcher, the
first north of Mr. Herrick's, a block or
two south of the school house. Here a
sad and terrible scene was presented. The
family had not yet had dinner, and the
eldest daughter, Sarah Jane, a little over
fourteen years of age, was stirring up the
fire, with which to bake biscuits. There
had been a fire in the stove but it was
quite low, when she took up the fire shovel
full of hot ashes, and poured coal oil on
them from a can, setting the can down by
her side; the oil blazed up, making the
shovel so hot that she dropped it, the
burning mass falling on the can which in-
stantly exploded, throwing the burning oil
all over her and filling the house with
flames. The wind, a very light breeze,
however, was blowing northward and the
girl ran out of a door in the north side
so that she ran right with the flames.
She had not got over fifty feet from the
house, when Eben Perry, who lives in the
vicinity, and who was standing on his
portico, leaped to the ground from it and
ran and caught her, threw her on the
ground and fought out the flames that
were enveloping the poor child: but too
late; she was burnt almost to a crisp.--
Beloit Courier.

Gravesite Details it is not yet proven that this burial is in this cemetery

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  • Created by: Toni Schlaefli
  • Added: 5 Mar 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 106263009
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Jane Fletcher (1867–Jul 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 106263009, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Beloit, Mitchell County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Toni Schlaefli (contributor 47109146) .