Elsey Jane Croy, her death

Death of Elsey Jane Croy
Taken from an unknown newspaper article. b. 07 Apr 1869 - d. 16 Jun 1896 Last Saturday, Miss Croy, a cook in a restaurant at Ottawa, was fatally burned by a gasoline explosion. She was standing close by the stove when an attendant filled the tank without extinguishing the flame and the can exploded, throwing oil everywhere. She ran, a sheet of flame, to the street where the fire was extinguished, but too late. The flesh was burned from her limbs and she died in great agony Sunday morning. Miss Croy was probably 24 years old and a dwarf. Her remains were taken to McComb to the home of her parents. The last words she spoke she requested to be taken to her mother. Not a very well written report. They state a gasoline explosion and according to their description, it must have been a kerosene oil stove. (nobody cooked with gasoline, even in 1896) She actually, was 27 years old when she died. No family stories talk about her being a dwarf. She probably was small in stature. What that fact, if she was, has to do with such a horrific story, who knows. No mention of the restaurant name in Ottawa. The two early owners of the Croy restaurant in the Paul's Rex Theatre block are, Charles Ferrall, Star restaurant, then Agner and Frantz Restaurant. Not able to find any dates with the two businesses.

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