Sunday, July 3, 2011

Florence Irvine Dies from Burns received in House Fire, March 1895

Florence Irvine died tragically at the age of 27 in March, 1895, due to burns she received in a fire at home. By the time her mother (Agnes Moran Irvine) found her, her upper body was engulfed in flames.  There was little that could be done except to give her morphine injections to make her comfortable till she passed away. It is assumed that Florence was trying to put out a fire started by having quilts on a rack too close to the fireplace in her bedroom.  


Florence was the daughter of Agnes Moran and Benjamin D. Irvine of Dresden, TN.  This clipping was found in the personal papers of the Moran family.  I presume that it was published in the Dresden Enterprise soon after the death of Florence in march, 1895.  J.W. Moran and Sophia Riley Gunn Moran were Florence's aunt and uncle.  

1895 was going to be a very sad year for the Moran family culminating in the death of Sophia Moran in October 1895.

A Lamentable Affair.

Once again is a Dresden home in sorrow on account of the ruthless hand of death, caused by an accident that brought sorrow not only to them, but to their many friends as well.  May God in His infinite wisdom and mercy turn away from any of our homes again such a sad and awful visitation.Wednesday morning about eight o'clock Mrs. B.D. Irvine, who was in an adjoining room to her daughter, Miss Florence, heard an unusual noise and rushed in to find her a mass of flames from her waist up.  The horror- stricken mother, assisted by others who soon reached her gave as immediate relief as possible, and Dr. A. Finch was soon on hand to administer as much ease as possible to the dying girl.  For about twenty minutes, until morphine administered hyperdermically could take effect, she suffered much, but after that she became easy and died at 12 o'clock, quietly, surrounded by parents and brothers, who loved Miss Florence most devotedly.  The entire family is heartbroken, especially the loving, Christian mother, who has ?? unusual degree of earth's sorrows ?? which,however she has ?? a woman can who draw  her consolation from a Diving Father. There is not a heart in Dresden today that does not go out in sympathy to them in their bereavement, but in such hours God alone can comfort and sus-tain.

Miss Florence has been afflicted since a small child with convulsions. And? her mother has all these years ?? day and night to prevent ??? such it is not ?? she had a spell.  She was making the beds there being two in the room, the quilts from one lying on a chair in front of the fire, and partly burned up when discovered.  The supposition naturally is that Miss Florence tried to extinguish the flames and ??? fire, as the lower extremeties were not burned.

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