Osceola, AR House Explosion, Dec 1950

FIVE PERISH IN EXPLOSION, FIRE ON PLANTATION.

Osceola, Ark., Dec. 3 (AP) -- Five persons, including three small children, were burned to death today after an explosion quickly turned a wood frame house into a blazing shell.
A well-to-do planter, his wife, two children, and a young playmate who was spending the night with them, all died almost instantly.
The victims were WILLIAM R. DYESS, 27, owner of a 1,000 acre plantation near here, his wife MARTHA JANE, 26, their two sons, WILLIAM, JR., 7 and RICHARD, 3, and the boys' playmate DONALD BLODGETT, JR.

Morning Herald Hagerstown Maryland 1950-12-04