Sioux City, IA Latta House Fire, Sept 1916

SIOUX CITY BOY BURNS TO DEATH

PROTEGE OF CONGRESSMAN LATTA LOSES LIFE WHEN HOUSE IS SET ON FIRE.

Sioux City, Sept. 14.----An arson gang seeking revenge for some unknown reason is suspected of having set fire to the residence of the late Congressman J. B. Latta at 3 a. m. today causing the death of Elmer Moore, 17, protege of Latta. When the firemen dragged Moore out it was found that oil had been sprinkled both in the house and barn which also burned. In the last few years Latta ranch buildings were destroyed by incendiaries at the rate of two a year. In the absence of the family Moore and Paul Lydick, a school mate, were caring for the house. Lydick escaped by jumping from a window. The firemen found Moore crouching between bedstead and wall. The died three hours later.

Iowa City Daily Citizen, Iowa City, IA 14 Sept 1916