Liberty Grove, TX Teacher Lights Fire with Gasoline, Jan 1935

Tries to Start Fire And Is Fatally Burned

Special to the News.

COOPER, Texas, Jan 26. -- Mrs. Lottyce Oyler, wife of William Oyler of the Liberty Grove community, died in a Paris hospital of burns received while she was attempting to make a fire at the Liberty Grove School where she was a teacher.

Mrs. Oyler and little son, and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Toon, arrived at the school building early and while the Toon boy was making a fire in another room, she was starting a fire in her room. She picked up a can of what she thought was kerosene, which proved to be gasoline, to pour on the fire when the contents became ignited and exploded throwing a sheet of the flaming fluid over her body.

She is survived by her husband; one son, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Rorie; four sisters, Mrs. Paul Pardon, Mrs. Boyce Kerbow, Miss Norma Rorie of Cooper, and Mrs. Gladys Shumate of Dallas, three brothers, J. D. Rorie and C. S. Rorie of Cooper and H. S. Rorie of Hugo, Ok.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 27 Jan 1935