OBIT: Fort Dodge Messenger (Iowa) 12 Oct 1912 pg. 1
WOMAN JUMPS IN BIG WATER TANK -- MRS. PEARL POWELL SHOWS RARE HEROISM -- THEN FIGHTS HOUSE FIRE -- Dayton, Oct., 12
Special: Mrs. Pearl Powell, a twenty year old bride, displayed great presence of mind and subsequently much courage and heroism, when at her home, she was the victim of a kerosene explosion which also set her home ablaze. Although her clothing was burned practically off and she was burned badly it is not believed she will recover.
Mrs. Powell was alone in her farm home at the time of the explosion of fire. She was attempting to start a fire in her kitchen stove and to hurry it , poured keosene into the stove coals in the bottom of the grate that looked like ashes, ignited the kerosene at once and it flared up. Immediately her clothing was ablaze and the jug from which she was pouring oil crashed to the floor where the oil spread and burned.
Without hesitancy, Mrs. Powell ran at great speed from the house and to a spring water tank where she immersed herself in water. This put a factual stop to her own danger though she was severly burned before she reached the tank.
Drenched with water, suffering with burns, clothing in rags, Mrs. Powell turned at once to the house where she fought singlehanded, the blaze which was slowly spreading in the kitchen. Fortunately a quantity of rainwater was at hand which she could use to dowse the fire. Her efforts to fight it were successful after a time and she ceased her work almost exhausted.
Then, as no one had arrived to assist her, Mrs. Powell was compelled to turn her attention to her own injuries. Getting dry clothing on as best she could, she proceeded to walk to the nearest house, John Moore's, about forty rods away. To reach there she had to climb a long steep hill. When her neighbors discovered her plight they hastily telephoned for a physician who is now doing every thing possible to relieve her suffering and heal her burns. In twenty-four hours she was taken back to her home.
Mrs. Powell was formerly Miss Dutcher, daughter of Richard Dutcher, a prosperous farmer of Yell township.