Cyrus R. Gingrich

Feb. 4, 1942 Hillsboro Mirror

Cyrus R. Gingrich

Blaze occurred about 8 o’clock Sunday; Believed to have become Ill and fell over Stove; well read and often heard in discussions here.

Fire claimed the life of Cyrus R. Gingrich, aged 63, of Abbott Sunday morning about 8 o’clock, the blaze destroying the home in which he lived. A resident of Hill county about fifteen years, Mr. Gingrich was known by many people, some of whom being acquainted with him through hearing him discuss scripture and world affairs.

He was in ill health, subject to spells, in which he lost consciousness on occasions. Although Justice of the Peace Henry Gerlich of Abbott, had not filed a verdict in the district clerk’s office Monday at 10 a. m. from the findings at the inquest, it is believed that Gingrich on becoming ill, fell across the stove which burned gasoline or coal oil, the fluid running out and igniting thus enveloping the house and it’s occupant. A member of the sheriff’s department and Assistant District Attorney Billy Martin attended the inquest. The body was taken in charge by Marshall and Marshall and will be shipped Tuesday to Palmyra, Pennsylvania, where a brother, Herbert R. Gingrich lives.

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