Individual Record 657

Name}   Hancock, Ida May Family History} Hancock                
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Female
Birth:   Date} Exa 28 Aug 1896 Place} Strathroy, Middlesex, Ontario
Marr.: Date}   Place}  
Death: Date} Cir   23 Dec 1902 Place} ,   , Ontario
Burial: Date} Exa  24 Dec 1902 Place} Municipal Cemetery, Strathroy, Middlesex, Ontario
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1} 988 = Birth record
Source 2} 832 = 1901 CAN cen
Source 3} 114 = Newpaper
Source 4} 179 = Church recrd
Source 5} 178 = Cemetery rec
Source 6} 837 = Photographs
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Parents: } George Joseph Hancock & Mary Catherine Whitlock
   Relationship No.} 209
1st Household No.} 125 = Municipal Cemetery, Strathroy, Ontario
      Occupation 1}  
       Occupation 2}  
  Religion/Church} Anglican Church of Canada
Spouses:    First} (None)
 Total Number of} 0
Notes:  A sad ending to the Sunday School's annual Christmas feastival occurred in the building used as the parish house of the Anglican Church of St. John the Evangelist in Strathroy on Monday evening, 22 Dec 1902.  During the entertainment, Ida May, then six years old, stood up on a chair to get a better view of Santa Claus.  Her head came in contact with a large Rochester oil lamp which she lifted from its resting place, the lamp then falling with a crash upon the floor, and instantly the oil took fire.  Ida May was enveloped in flames, but the prompt action of her mother and others near at hand quickly extinguished the fire.  Mr. E. J. Wright, who had the part of Santa Claus, seized the burning lamp and threw it out the window, thus preventing a greater loss of life.  Ida May was fatally burned about the legs and arms.  Her mother, Mrs. Hancock, was also severely burnt trying to save her daughter.  In the rush to get out of the building many others were hurt but none seriously.

The disaster resulted in the building of St. John's Parish Hall, one of the best appointed buildings in the Anglican diocese at that time.  A beautiful stained glass window depicting Christ with a lamb in His arms was placed there in memory of Ida May.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date}   Place}    
Confirm. Date}   Photo} None
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade}              or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service} None
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death} Fire burns
Last Updated
by} Dan Hancock
Date Updated} 24 Sep 2007
Date Created}    3 Sep 1994
Copyright © 2007 by Daniel W. Hancock.  All Rights Reserved.

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