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About Prineville review. (Prineville, Crook County, Or.) 1???-1914 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 30, 1894)
PRINEVILLE, OR., SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 189-1
A SAD CHRISTMAS.
The Little Town of Silver Lake
Mourns for Its Departed.
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVITIES
TURNED TO SORROW.
Forty Men, Women and Children Are
Caught in a Fire Trap and Per
ish in the Flamas.
The Worst Holocaust Kver Hurled
in tin Mate.
On Christmas eve, as the peopV of
Silver Lake ami vicinity were assemble!
to sive and rrft tokens of friv?uuhip
and love lor each other, they wvr? uia'ie
the subjects of one of those visitations of
Providence, not lefr for mortal man to ex
plain or even comprehend.
The following meagre particul irs were
furnished us by the kin dues of drs .las.
Vanderpool. from a letter hastily written
hy her son-in-law. Warren Duncan, a res
ident of Silver Lake:
The accident occurred in a twustorv
building the lower story of which was
used for mercantile purpos stud the up
per ntorv for a public hall. The writer
begins his letter with the statement that
"It was one of the most heartrending
scenes man ever witnessed." Hun-elf
and family escajed, as did the bdmco
who were saved, by jumping from (ho
upper wind .v M the grou t 1 14 feet Ik
bw. Tho hall was tilled, and busily engaged
in the exercises, when a large gallon lamp
exploded immediately over the door. The
flames increased so rapidly as to almost
immediately cut ofFall passage at thedor
which seems to have been all the mums
of ingress and egress excent the windows.
The people immediately legan jumping
from tho windows, but the lire increased
so rapidly that forty, out of one hundred
and seventy-five, perished in the flames,
and a number was seriously burned and
hurt, some fatally.
An idiM of Home of the scenes whicii
occurred in that firey cauldron may ne
had by a few quotations fioni ..Jr. f)rn
can's hardily written letter. "As Iiick
would have it I saved my f.miiv, 1 i.o;
Ida and jiimix'd to the ground, fourteen
f'-et. Ida sprained her ankle b.idlv. l,e
lie got the back of head and ears burned
to a blister. lie escajed at the door. A
number of jKioplc are burned so badly
they are not exj-ected to live."
Follow in.: is u lit of those who pr
ishd, soiu.? of wImui were former resi
dents of l'rinevill", mid nearly all of
whom huve relatives or acij uiniain
Mrs, Abshire, aged
Mrs. Jul in Uurii-k, aged M.
I aie I'oriek, aged I.
J . J. Ihiriek, aged J .
a.'1 Hnriek, age. I 5.
Fred lb i rick, agml 8.
K 1. Ikm ell, aged 2").
.il rs. Lute Cos how , aged ..
Mrs. Howard, aged 4 ).
Harry Howard, aged 5.
llesie Hownrd, aged 'J.
Wotjdford Ue.ust , aged -i
Mrs. Ada Hearst, aged IS.
Ira Hamilton, aged
I.iura McCanley, ag'd IS.
Clay Martin, aged :Y.).
Mrs. Kelie.ih Aiaitin, aged IJO.
I'uel Wanl, aged 1.
Mrs. Owdey, aged 01.
Lily 0hIv. aged -5.
Hrnce O vly, aged 22.
Hazel L.-ihrei', agtd 1.
Mis. Snelliug, aged aZ.
Lncinda Streeier, aged 27.
K-don Streeter, aged .5.
hrankie. Horning, aged !.
Mrs. BayriH, ug-d 45.
Hubert Small, aged 11.
Samuel Ward, aged 00.
Mrs. 1). I). Wanl, aged ID.
Ktta Ward, aged 1.
Mrs. Williams, aged
Henry Williams, aged 5.
Frank Hons, aged 23.
Mrs. Phillip, aged 4.J.
Daisy Phillips, aged 4.
H. V. Went, aged 52.
Mrs. West, aged 34.
Bertha anil Herbert West, twin, aged