Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, March 4, 1918 edition
Page 1, column 3
Mrs. John P. Fairbanks Attempting To
Fill Lamp While It Was Lighted
Funeral Held Monday
          Mrs. John P. Fairbanks, [Della] 44 years old, died Sunday morning at 12:45 o'clock from burns received Saturday night, when a coal oil lamp which she was attempting to fill while it was lighted, caused an expolsion.
          Mrs. Fairbanks suffered deep burns over the body and on the face.  She was covered with the flaming oil which had been scattered over the room by the explosion.  Running into the yard of her home at 336 East Franklin Street, screaming for help she was caught by  Andy Lee,  a Boy Scout, who threw his coat about Mrs. Fairbank's body in an attempt to put out the flames.  The woman was carried into the home of  Miss Mollie Schoelch,  where she died several hours later.
          During the excitement caused by the incident, bystanders forgot for the time that the Fairbank's house had been fired by the oil.  When the fire department was summoned the blaze had accured much headway and had damaged the building and contents to the amount of $250.  The house belonged to the estate of  Matthias Schoelch.  Valuables were removed by the police.  The Scouts rendered aid during the fire.
          It was stated that Mrs. Fairbanks had always filled the lamp while it was burning.  The accident which caused her death occurred on the 25th anniversary of her marriage.  Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Liberty U.B. Church and burial was made in the church cemetery.  Ralph J. Edwards in charge.  Mrs. Fairbanks leaves her husband, three sons, two daughters, all at home; two sisters,  Mrs. Martha Anderson, of North Dakota, and  Mrs. O. P. McNamara,  near New Palestine; five brothers,  Perry Goulding, Shelbyville;  Harry Goulding, North Dakota;  Edward Goulding, Indianapolis;  Leslie Goulding, North Dakota; and  Claude Goulding  at Camp Shelby, Miss.
Oil Being Analyzed
          Dr. G. I. Inlow,  county coroner, was in Shelbyville today conducting an investigation of the incident that resulted in the death of Mrs. Fairbanks. Dr. Inlow was told that several explosions had resulted from oil which had been purchased at a grocery in east part of the city. It was reported that the grocer had sold gasoline for oil but this was found to be untrue. 
          An analysis of the oil was being made today for the Standard Oil company by chemists. A report is expected soon. 
Contributed by Rochelle Riordan

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
September 6, 1893
          Indiana, wife of  Lewis H. Fairbanks,  died at their residence in Davis* county Sept. 5.  Deceased was a sister of  Mr. John Palmerton  and  Mrs. W. J. Grover.  Time of funeral will be given later.
*Near Loogootee, Daviess County, Indiana.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

A  Shelby  County  Newspaper
December 1871
          Vernon,  son of  Louis and  Indiana Fairbanks, departed this life, Sabbath, December 17, 1871, aged nine years, five months and one day. A child of more than ordinary promise- of remarkably clear intellect- manly character- and sparkling wit- no wonder, his early and untimely death, is deeply and keenly felt.  The writer speaks from personal knowledge and remembers with much pleasure the graceful hospitality of the household now in mourning.  The remains were deposited in the Burial Ground of the family at Middletown, in our county.
Contributed by Rochelle Riordan

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