Edward McConnell

Edward McConnell

Edward McConnell 3 Nov 1907 Beatrice Gage NE - 6 Jan 1968 Topeka Shawnee KS

Son of Edward McConnell 1881 Iowa - 1925 NE and Matilda Jennie Svoboda 1880 NE - 1917 NE they were married 6 Mar 1907 Filley Gage NE. Matilda died from burns received in a house fire on 23 Jan 1918.

The Lincoln Daily State Journal - 24 Jan 1918 -

Two Burned In Fire At Ball Park - Mrs Ethel McConnell and 5 Year Old Daughter Trapped By Flames - Grand Stand Practically Destroved But Firemen Save Bleacher Section - Trapped in their home when fire swept over the Lincoln Western League ball park about 9:30 last night, Mrs Ethel McConnell, wife of Caretaker Ed McConnell and her 5 yr old daughter Clara were seriously burned.

Firemen carred the mother and child from the burning home to the residence of John T. Curtis 2123 L Street where first aid treatment was given. They were removed to St Elizabeth's Hospital and are being attened by Dr C.D. Spivey.

He reported Thursday morning that their burns were quite serious but that their revovery was favorable. Little Clara McConnell has burns about the hands, arms and thighs while the flames came in contact with Mrs McConnell's face, neck, chest, back and hands.

Mrs McConnell had no knowledge of the fire until the flames had enveloped their little home, which is the old club house. The house was destroved. It is located south of the grand stand. The father was absent at the time.

As a result of the fire, the origin of which is unknown, two-thirds of the grandstand is in ruins and several feet of fence south of the stands. The bleachers were saved.
The Buffums had a large supply of cushion seats in the stands and these were destroyed.

The Lincoln ball club carried $3,000 insurance on the park grandstand.
Four streams of water were played on the flames and they were subdued before spreading to other buildings. The fire started under the middle of the grandstand at the entrance. Shortly before the flames were discovered. Mrs McConnel said to have heard the sound of an automobile and voices. The car stopped at the park entrance. It is suspected that some one of the party may have carelessly thrown a lighted match under the stands. It is not the belief of Ducky Holmes that any one would intentionally set fire to the ball park.

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