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Mrs. T. C. Alexander - 1905


Posted By: Cheryl Locher Moonen (email)
Date: 2/28/2017 at 08:47:30

Dubuque Telegraph Herald Jan. 4, 1905


Worry Drives an Iowa
Woman to an
Early Death

DES MOINES, Jan. 4. Mrs. T. C. Alexander, a woman well along in years and a pioneer resident of Osceola County burned herself to death in an outhouse at an early hour this morning. She arose early, secured possession of a can of kerosene, with which she drenched her night dress, and, going to the outhouse, set herself on fire.

The husband, aroused, rushed to the scene of the fire, but was not able to see his wife on account of the smoke. After the fire had burned it out the body, terribly charred, was discovered in a corner. Worry over the health of her two daughters is supposed to be the cause of her action.


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