Boone, IA Insane Asylum Fire, Jan 1894
A BOONE COUNTY ASYLUM BURNED.
EIGHT OF THE NINE INSANE PATIENTS IN THE BUILDING LOST THEIR LIVES.
Boone, Iowa, Jan. 24. -- The building on the Boone County poor farm used as an insane asylum was burned down last night and eight of the nine inmates lost their lives. The fire broke out about 10 o'clock, and when discovered was under such headway that nothing could be done to save the unfortunate inmates in the building. The list of the dead and their ages is as follows:
CHRISTIANA ANDERSON, eighty-seven.
JOHANA BRIGGS, fifty-five.
JOSEPH CRAIG, eighty-one.
THOMAS LEPER, forty-five.
CHRISTIAN PATERSON, eighty-seven.
SARAH SCOTT, eighty-two.
ANNA SODERBERG, thirty-eight.
NANCY TUCKER, forty-eight.
The Boon County poor farm is seven and a half miles north of here and one mile from Mineral Ridge. Mineral Ridge is a country settlement without railroad or telegraph connection with the outer world. Last night's storm was the most furious of the Winter, the thermometer indicating 30 degrees below zero. No one could face this storm to bring the news to Boone, and information of the fire did not reach here until nearly noon.
The fire is supposed to have been caused by the furnace, which was overheated on account of the intensely cold weather.
MRS. HIBBARD, the only one that escaped from the burning building, is uninjured, but not intelligent enough to give an account of the origin of the fire.
The New York Times New York 1894-01-25
Researched and Transcribed by Stu Beitler. Thank you, Stu!