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Adelia and Charlotte Dawes—Memorial/Funeral Card, 1911

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 06570 A
Identifier: H2017-044

Content Description

The collection consists of one 4 x 6 ½ inch memorial/funeral card for two sisters, Adelia and Charlotte Dawes who died January 21 and 22, 1911. According to an account from the Springfield newspaper of January 21, 1911 a tragic accident occurred when a five gallon can of gasoline, in the hands of Adelia, exploded killing the two Dawes children Adelia and Charlotte. Two other girls in the home Vera Brown and a girl whose last name was Crosley also died. The fire occurred at the Dawes home when the girls were making candy. The memorial/funeral card includes biographical information on both Adelia and Charlotte. Adelia L. Dawes was born May 18, 1897 and died on January 22, 1911 age 13 years, 8 months and 4 days. Charlotte Dawes was born December 9, 1901 and died January 21, 1911 age 9 years, 1 month and 12 days. According to the 1905 South Dakota State Census, the girl’s parents were George and Hattie Dawes. They had three older siblings Frank, Freddie and Jesse.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • January 1911


0.1 Cubic Feet

1 photographs