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A Communication

Larned, Kansas, March 8, 1907
My wife, Mrs. Rogers, was fatally burned by the explosion of a coal oil can on Wednesday, February 20, at 7 o’clock in the evening. She was lighting the fire when the can exploded throwing oil all over her and setting her on fire. She ran to the bed room and wrapped herself in a comfort to put out the fire.
I was at the barn some seventy-five yards away. I heard the child scream and rushed to the house to find it in flames. I got them both out, then I put out the fire then salve was applied to their wounds and they were put to bed. She begged me not to leave her until morning. After the salve was applied the pain ceased; she was perfectly conscious up till Saturday morning at 8 o’clock, and suffered no pain according to her own statement except about twenty minutes Friday night about 9 o’clock. She talked with Mr. Black, Martha Black, John Heney and Elisha Groves and they will vouch for this statement. She passed off without making a struggle, just as though she were sleeping.
We were married on July 21, 1904. On April 19, 1905, a son was born to us, Dr. MacCurdy in attendance. We lived as happy as any couple ever lived. Her slightest wish was always obeyed. She had the best room in the house and fire was kept night and day to make her comfortable.
The baby is badly burned but there are hopes of his recovery. He is at present at the Larned Hospital.
W. E. Rogers
As far as I know this statement is correct.
G. J. Black

Talked with Mrs. Rogers

I the undersigned talked with Mrs. Rogers and she told me that she was not suffering any pain and had not since the salve was applied and when she died she passed off as thought she were sleeping for I was present at the time.
E. H. Grow
Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

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