Wilmington, DE Killed By Gas, Feb 1907
WHOLE FAMILY ASPHYXIATED.
MAN, WIFE AND CHILD FOUND DEAD IN WILMINGTON, DEL.
Wilmington, Del., Feb. 12. -- MICHAEL RYAN, aged 35 years; his wife, MAMIE, aged 25, and their infant, MARY A., aged 4 months, who lived at 233 Connell street, were asphyxiated by illuminating gas. Policeman BECK, who forced an entrance into the house found the victims lying on a bed in the second-story front room, all three cold and stiff in death. On the floor was a gas stove. It was still burning, but the tube fitted so loosely upon the burner at the pipe that gas was escaping plentifully. MR. and MRS. RYAN were fully dressed, while the baby had been prepared for bed, thus indicating that they had been overcome while preparing to retire.
Their seclusion during all of Sunday, and the fact that a Sunday paper remained untouched on the front-door step, indicated that the tragedy occurred during Saturday night.
Tyrone Daily Herald Pennsylvania 1907-02-12