April 5, 1899
Mrs. Riley Agerton, an aged lady, who lived alone with her husband in the Carroll neighborhood, met with a sad and horrible death Monday afternoon. It is supposed that she was trying to kindle a fire in the stove for the purpose of cooking supper, and that in so doing her clothes caught fire. When her husband, who likewise is almost helpless from old age, reached the house he found his wife lying on the floor dead, her face downward. Her clothes were yet burning and Mr. Agerton reached the house just in time to save the building from being consumed. At the time she was found Mrs. Agerton was barely burned to the extent that death would have followed from the burns alone, and it is hoped that heart failure, produced by fright, might have been the cause of her death. At any rate, her fate was sad enough.
April 12, 1899
Mr. Agerton informs us that he and his friends are now satisfied that his wife, who was found dead last week and her clothes burning, died from heart failure and not from the effects of burns. It is supposed that she fell dead in front of the stove after which a coal dropped on the floor and ignited her clothing.