Gibson Tragedy – 23 February 1953

From the Glasgow Times Thursday 26 February 1953

“Joint funeral services were conducted 25 February 1953 for a Metcalfe Co. grandfather and 3 of his grandchildren who were fatally burned Monday when fire swept his farmhouse at Cofer, about 10 miles east of Edmonton. Rites were conducted at Mosby Ridge Cumberland Presbyterian Church for William Gibson, 81, Lonnie Edward Gibson, 4, Sharon Gibson, 3 mos. old, and Betty Sue Gibson, 2. Interment followed in Demumbrum Cemetery on Mosby Ridge.
In the Clinic Hospital here is Mrs. Maudie Gibson, mother of the 3 children, who was seriously burned along with another child, Michael, 18 months. Mrs. Gibson suffered severe burns about the face, chest, and legs. Michael was burned about the head and face.
The father, Harvey Gibson, was away at the time the fire broke out. According to reports, the fire was touched off from the kitchen stove and the home was completely destroyed by the blaze.
The grandfather, Mr. Gibson, was trapped in a closet and his body was found there. Bodies of two of the children were found in the bed where they had been asleep. The infant died at the Clinic Hospital here shortly after noon Tuesday. Mr. Gibson was born 27 June 1872, and was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Julius Gibson. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nora Gibson; 5 sons, Harvey and Ellis Gibson, both of Cave Ridge, Riley Gibson of Cofer, Ezra and Eulius Gibson, both of Summitville, IN; 4 daughters, Mrs. Rena Clemmons and Mrs. Maggie Firkins, both of Edmonton, Mrs. Ann Harvey of Chicago, and Mrs. Jewell Piercy.
Other than the 4 children who were either fatally burned or hospitalized, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Gibson have another son, Tommy Gibson. Mrs. Gibson and the children were staying at the home in Cofer while Mr. Gibson was away.

About Gclee

I am a long time genealogy and local history hunter from Barren Co., KY. I have many stories to share that may be of interest to other local genealogists and history buffs. I enjoy this as a hobby and hope I can be of encouragement to others. I also hope everyone enjoys my stories as much as I have enjoyed learning about them.
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