Struntze, Jessie 1882 - 1904
Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 7/16/2019 at 14:09:28
Source: Decorah Republican Aug. 11, 1904 Page 4
Death by Gasolene Explosion.
Wavcrly Republican:—In a terrible explosion in New Hartford Saturday night at 6 o’clock, Mrs. Henry Struntze was burned to death. She was lighting a fire in the kitchen stove and poured oil on kindlings from the kerosene can. In the explosion the can was blown to atoms. It is supposed that gasolene was placed in the can by mistake, and there is no positive proof that it was gasolene, as there is not even the smallest pocket piece of the can left to identify the contents. The poor woman ran out doors and the neighbors tore away the burning clothing and rolled the woman in the dust of the streets until the fire was extinguished, too late, however, to save her life, Her screams were terrible beyond description and could be heard for blocks.
Physicians did all they could, but she died in terrible agony after five hours.
Transcriber’s Note: Find a Grave shows she is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in New Hartford and that she was born September 26, 1882 and died July 30, 1904.
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