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 Mary Etta <I>Kendall</I> Frantz

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Mary Etta Kendall Frantz

  • Birth 2 Apr 1871 Crawford County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 19 Apr 1961 Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 29097648

Married:April 15,1892 to George Milton Spraggins 1863-1908

2nd Marriage: George Cox

3rd Marriage: William Frantz 1877-1952

Amanda and Willian Roy died in a house fire in Littles Indiana on Jan.16 1896. Mary Etta was burned very bady trying to save her babies.They where buried at the Martin Cemetery in Patoka Township, Pike County, Indiana

Pike County Democrat Jan. 17, 1896
The Two Children of George Spraggins Burned to Death
The Parents of the children overcome with Grief
Great excitement Over the Sad Affair- The School Closed

Two children perish in the flames. Yesterday morning at six o'clock the house of George Spraggins at Littles was burned to the ground and his two children met a horrible death.
The particulars as we learned them from a message sent to us by J.W. Wiggs, who teaches the littles schools are about as follows.
Mr. Spraggins works in the mines at Littles and had gone to work, while his wife had gone to the stable a short distance away to do some feeding. When she had finished the work and was returning to the house she noticed the flames issuing from the roof of the house. She started on a run to the house and had just opened the door when the roof fell in burying her two children from her sight and in a seething flame. The mother was almost overcome at the sight and fought to gain the possession of the children, but to no avail and they burned almost beyond recognition. The children, a little girl aged three years old and a boy one year old, all the children of the family, were taken from the ruins about ten o'clock, charred and blackened. Mrs. Spraggins was badly burned, as was also Mrs. Adams, a neighbor. Who hastened to the fire when the alarm was given.
The mines were shut down as soon as the alarm was given and the men turned out to fight the fire and rescue the children, but it was too late. The school was dismissed until Monday, so great is the excitement that has so suddenly been cast over the people of that neighborhood in the sad death of these children. Hundreds of people have visited the scene of the fire. The parents have the sympathy of all people in their sad bereavement. The burial of the children took place in the afternoon.



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  • Added: 17 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29097648
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Etta Kendall Frantz (2 Apr 1871–19 Apr 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29097648, citing Earlham Cemetery, Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Gayle Hickman (contributor 47029420) .