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Bertha L Markel
1910 - 1929
Submitted by Glenn

Hennessey OK Clipper
05-30-1929

Mrs. Markle Fatally Burned by Gas Explosion
 
Died Few Hours After in Enid General Hospital - Husband Fighting
Grim Battle For Life in Same Institution
 
Mrs. Roy J. Markle, aged 18 years, victim of a natural gas explosion early Saturday morning on the McCulley farm, 13 miles east of Hennessey, died shortly before noon at the Enid General Hospital, as a result of injuries sustained. Her husband, less seriously burned in the same blast, is still fighting a grim battle against death in the same institution. The residence was scarcely damaged.

The explosion occurred when Mr. Markle attempted to light the gas stove after arising in the morning. Gas that had accumulated in or under the house, exploded with great force as he ignited a match. Mr. Markle was partially protected from the searing flame by his clothing, but was painfully burned from knees up. His wife, who had just got out of bed, was deeply burned over almost her entire body. They were removed immediately to Enid for hospital treatment, but Mrs. Markle survived but a few hours.

The remains of Mrs. Markle were brought to Hennessey, Tuesday by hearse and are awaiting arrival of relatives here.

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