Mrs J.W. Spratt Loses Life in Fire
Well Known Delmont Resident Burns to Death While Trying to Save Baby Chicks from Burning brooder House
Mrs Valerie Spratt, a resident of Delmont neighborhood was burned to death early Thursday morning while she was believed attempting to rescue some baby chickens from a burning building. Mrs Spratt fell just inside the door of the small building which had a metal roof and concrete floor and contained a coal brooder for the protection of the small chickens. Her cries for help aroused Plomer Barnes, an employee of the farm, and he summoned Mr Spratt and other persons to the scene. The roof of the chicken house was falling in when they reached the small building. The body was badly burned before it could be reached.
Mrs Valaria Clark Spratt was born September 16, 1884. She was united in marriage to J.W. Spratt, December 15, 1900,. She is survived by the husband and four children, Mrs Plomer Simmons, Roaring Springs; Mrs Garnett Randolph, Mayfield; Edison and Wheeler Spratt, Detroit, and six grand children, and a sister, Mrs Beulah Frith, Pembroke.
She was a member of the Oakland Methodist Church. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon by Rev. Spurlin at Delmont church.
Burial followed in the graveyard near the church under the direction of Mr A.K. Goodwin. Pall bearers were: G.A. Randolph, Wheeler Spratt, Edison Spratt, Plomer Simmons, Bernard Randolph and Carl McBride.
In Memory of Mrs J.W. Spratt
The death angel swooped down and claimed one in our midst shortly after midnight, February 1st, it is so hard to submit to God's will even when we can stand by and see them fall asleep in death, but when one is taken by such a tragic death we fail to utter words sufficient to express our feeling. The entire community was stunned when the telephone wires spread the news of the burning of Mrs J.W. Spratt, our friend and neighbor, also related to many of this section. It was still much harder to transfer this message to her children. The daughters Mrs Plomer Simmons, Roaring Spring, Mrs Garnett Randolph, Mayfield, and sons Messrs Edison and G.W. (Wheeler) Spratt of Detroit, were notified immediately. The remains were laid to rest in Delmont cemetery Friday afternoon. A large crowd gathered to sympathize with these grief stricken children and husband. Many beautiful flowers covered the grave. A short funeral service was conducted by Brother L.L. Spurlin. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the bereaved children and husband. She will be greatly missed not only by the family but the surrounding neighbors.
Cadiz Record Feb 1940
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