Doris (1931 - 1935)
Contact: Audrey Roedel
----Sources: The Loyal Tribune 03 October 1935
Vanderhoof, Doris (1931 - 27 SEP 1935)
TWO CHILDREN BURNED TO DEATH FRIDAY
Doris Vanderhoof, 4, and sister Jean, 2, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Vanderhoof, were burned to death Friday in a fire of an undetermined origin on the Edwin Gunz farm in the Town of Sherman, three miles east of Spokeville, Friday at 11:30 A. M.
Doris was dead when taken from the debris, but Jean, taken from the flaming building by Mr. Gunz, was still alive and was rushed to the Marshfield Hospital, and passed away at five o’clock that afternoon. Mr. Gunz was burned was burned quite severely about the hands and arms in making the rescue.
The Spencer Fire Department was called and was successful in checking the flames from spreading to other buildings. The fire was undoubtedly caused by the explosion of a 5 gallon can of gasoline in the pump house where the children were playing. How the gasoline can was ignited it is not known. A 30 gallon drum of gasoline was also in the pump house but did not explode.
The children are survived by their parents and numerous other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held from the Swarthout Undertaking Parlors at Spencer Sunday afternoon at 1:00 "Safe In the Arms of Jesus" was sung by Rev. W. N. Dawson, who also had charge of the ceremony. Interment was made in the Spencer cemetery.
Pall bearers were Helen Dominie, Emily Rahm, Alma Rahm, Mrs. Elma Bymer, Virginia Fautner, Delores Fautner, Laura Cone, and Alice Schultz.
Flower girls were Victoria Hlavah, Dorothy Heckel, Wilma Getchow, Alice Fisher and Lillian Dietsche.
The Tribune joins the many friends of the bereaved parents and other relatives in extending heartfelt sympathy in their great sorrow.
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