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Bridget PARKS OCONNELL & 5 children died in fire 1894

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Re: Bridget PARKS OCONNELL & 5 children died in fire 1894

Posted: 1511386239000
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 1511386543000
Surnames: Parks OConnell Mulhollam Mulholland
My update proved not totally correct. Elsworth sent news to another paper. I will post the story as see a cousin downloaded it. I also posted the obituary at WI obituaries which is good because it is not opening here. Finally here. Will post as difficult to read.

"Shocking Calamity in the Little Village of El Paso, Pierce County, A FATHER'S HEROIC EFFORTS, Michael O'Connell Forced to Witness the Cremation of His Family— Two Children Saved.
Courtesy of Centralia Enterprise and Tribune January 5, 1895

Michael O'Connell Forced to Witness the Cremation of His Family— Two Children Saved. Ellsworth, Wis., Dec. 30.—The little village of El Paso, about eight miles Northeast of this place, was the scene a shocking calamity early Sunday morning by which a mother and five children lost their lives. Michael O'Connell husband and father of the victims, is lying at the point of death from burns received while attempting to save his doomed family and one of his remaining children is also suffering from injuries sustained by jumping from a window. O'Connell was awakened about 2 o'clock a.m. the fatal morning by the roaring of flames. He jumped from his bed and had rarely time to escape from the burning dwelling in his night clothes. As he rushed out, his wife appeared at an upper story window and dropped the youngest child to the ground below. She then went back into an inner room to save the others, but was undoubtedly overcome by heat and smoke, as she never returned. Another child jumped from a window and was saved. O'Connell made frantic efforts to reach his loved ones in the burning building, but each time he attempted to enter he was driven back by the flames. He is frightfully burned, and is in a pitiable condition. Neighbors reached the scene too late to render any assistance in saving the lives of the unfortunate women and children as the fire had gained such headway when discovered by O'Connell that the whole interior of the house was a mass of seething flames soon afterward. O'Connell was the only member of the family who slept on the lower floor, hence his escape."

BJ posted obituary to Find a Grave.
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