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Major, Albred c1936-1945

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Mary S Taylor

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:49 am    Post subject: Major, Albred c1936-1945 Reply with quote

Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA Dec. 17, 1945
Monterey Child Among Four Victims of Apartment Fire
Pinole – Four small children were burned to death here last night in a fire which raised a chicken house that had been converted into apartments. Two other person are in critical conditions at hearby hospitals. Five other youngsters, all less than 8 years of age, were rescued without being hurt. A young married woman caring for them suffered minor burns. The dead: Gene Bishop, 4, son of Mr. & Mrs. Henry Bishop of Pinoe, in whose apartment all of the victims were sleeping. Alfred Major, 8, son of Mr. & Mrs. Jack Major of Monterey, Calif. Coella Twiman, 2, and Glen Roy Twiman, 4, children of Mr. & Mrs. Laverne Twiman of Stockton, Calif. Criticaly burned were: Wayne Bishop, 2 ½, son of Mr. & Mrs. Bishop. Mrs. Bernice Plant, 21, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Bishop. Parents of the dead children did not know of the tragedy four hours after the fire broke out in the Bishops’ apartment at 9:10 p.m. Mrs. Violet Ruth Golsam, 20, another daughter of the Bishops, told authorities Mr. & Mrs. Major, Mr. & Mrs. Twinman and Mr. & Mrs. Bishop had left the children with her while they spent the evening in San Pablo a few miles south of this small community, located in the upper east bay district. Efforts to find them had not proved successful. (The Major family is NOT listed in the Monterey telephone directory nor in the newest city directory available. Efforts to learn more about the family were NOT immediately successful.) Family Visit. Mrs. Golsam said the Twimans and the Majors had driven here to visit the Bishops Sunday, bringing their children with them. She suffered painful but not serious burns in carrying Rosalyn Twiman, 6, Carroll Bishop, 2, Allie Bishop, 8, and Garvin Bishop, one month, to safety. Wayne Bishop, who may not live, was pulled out of the building by a neighbor, Tommy Wayne. The fifth unscathed child, Janet Lee Plant, was rescued by her mother, who returned home a few minutes after the flames broke out. Mrs. Plant, a divorcee, was critically burned when she dashed intot he blazing frame structure to locate her daughter. A friend with her, Pfc. Clevenson Haggard, 29, Camp Knight military policeman, was cut severely on his right hand when he broke a window in an effort to reach the trapped children in the Bishops’ apartment.

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