Tragedy Strikes Genoa Home Second Time Within A Year
The Grim Reaper of Death knows no bounds. He may strike in widely separated places. He may center his activities in one spot, such as occurred at Genoa Tuesday morning when the lives of five children were snuffed out in one of the worst traffic aceMekt$ in recent Ottawa county
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Genoans, shocked by the mul¬ tiple death Tuesday were vividly recalling another tragedy just a ] year ago—-a tragedy in which the lives of two children of Mr. and Mrs. John Dunn were claimed in the disastrous New Year's Day inferno, when their eight-room home was destroyed.
The recollections were brought aharply into focus by the death Tuesday morning of 10-year-old Danny Dunn, one of these killed in the auto-truck crash near For- I est Park.
Danny was the only surviving member of the three Dunn children in that 1946 New Year's Day fire. I Today he has joined his two broth¬ ers in death, Jerry 17 and Teddy, 7.
It was on January 1, 1946 that young Danny arose early while has parents and two brothers re¬ mained in bed. Going into the living room of their eight-room home, Danny plugged in the Christmas tree light cord and then proceeded to play with his new toys.
Around nine o'clock he smelled smoke, but continued to play. The smoke became heavier and he called upstairs to his parents. By that time the house was full of smoke.
The parents in turn notified Jer¬ ry and Teddy and hurried down thA wooden stairway, believing that the two boys were following them. Danny in the meantime had es¬ caped out of doors.
iBy the time firemen were noti¬ fied the fire had gained so much headway that the entire structure was ablaze. Investigation revealed however that Jerry and Teddy were missing. A search failed to find them.
Meanwhile a six-hour battle to save the home was made by Genoa firemen, but their efforts were in vain. Two firemen Warren Hessel- bart and Les Hammond were over¬ come by smoke. Hammond was an uncle of the two dead boys.
That Jerry and Teddy heard the alarm from their father was apparent in an investigation later.
Bodies of the two were found in the debris of the stairway. They had gone about halfway down when fire and smoke overcome them. Jerry was wrapped in a blanket and is believd to have suf¬ focated to death. The body of Teddy was badly charred.
The entire structure and all its contents were destroyed in the fire which was estimated to have caused damage of about $7,000.
Now little Danny, the last of their three children is gone—• claimed in another tragic mishap.
Is it any wonder then that Genoans today are sorrowful? Is it any wonder too that they walk about and discuss this latest trag¬ edy with wistful expressions?
Certainly, they'll tell you, the Grim Reaper of death knows no bounds.
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In Memory of our loved one, Arnold C^Dunn. who was killed on Bologna, Italy, April 20th, 1945., Remains now resting in Williston > Cemetery, *f~-J^JZ-^f . \ They say time heals all sorrow,
And helps us to forget. But time so far has only proved
How much we miss him yet. God gives us strength to fight it I
And courage to heal the blow.
But what it means to lose a son
No one will ever know. Sadly missed by Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sutter.
Genoa Family Hitgy By Fourth Mishap/ fYW
Fourth recent tragedy in the John G. Dunn family of Genoa, came when the. former Toledo Waite football coach died of a heart ailment Thursday after suf¬ fering several years from the ill- less. Mr. Dunn, 43, was the father of three children that met tragic deaths since January, 1946.
Preceding him in death were ions Jerry, 17, and Teddy, 7, who ourned to death in their home on \Tew Year's day, 1946, and Daniel, }, who was killed1 in an automobile truck crash on February 25, 1947. Three other area children were killed in the latter mishap.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. /[yrple Dunn, a son, John; his mother, Mrs. George Dunn, broth¬ ers, Harold and Earl; five sisters, VTae Dunn, Mrs. Sue Gary, Mrs. Evelyn Hamman, Mrs. Georgia Fersinger, all of Genoa; and Mrs. Flossie Knoyyles, Battle Creek, "vliehigan.
Funeral services were Sunday it 2 p. m. at the Burman Funeral home, Genoa. The Rev. Paul Da- rid conducted services.
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