Pend d'Oreille Review August 26, 1910 Page 1
VICTIMS IN MONTANA
CITY AND GEORGE STRONG OF PONDERAY LOSE LIVES.
BODIES BROUGHT HERE TO BURY
Young Men Were Working With Crew
of Fire Fighters in Trout Creek
The charred remains of two young men, George Strong and Andrew G.
Bourrett, were brought to this city Wednesday evening and taken to the Brower
undertaking rooms. They were victims of forest fires in Montana. Strong's
mother, Mrs. Albert Haney, resides at Ponderay. Bourrett was a resident of this
city and had been employed at one time at the Superior hotel. He left here last
week stating that he intended going to Missoula and joined a squad of fire
fighters there. Strong joined the forestry fire service at Thompson Falls.
The young men lost their lives fighting fire 14 miles inland from Trout Creek, in Swamp creek gulch. There were 15 in the party. As was the case at Cabinet the men were engaged in fighting one fire and were overtaken by another. They were fighting a fire from above and a fire started below them and swept up to them. Four of the party lost their heads and all four were burned. The others saved their lives by crouching close to the ground. The victims besides Strong and Bourrett were two men by the name of Williams and Feese, who joined the service at Thompson Falls.
A younger brother of Strong went to Trout Creek Monday, saying that he felt sure something had happened to his brother. When he got there he found his brother had been burned to death. He brought his brother's remains and those of Bourrett to Sandpoint.
The death of Bourrett was particularly sad. He was only 26 years of age and was to have been married next month to Miss Anna Good of this city, who is prostrated with grief over the death of her fiance. Bourrett had two sisters living in Massachusetts and a cousin at Seattle but his father and mother have been dead for several years. One of the sisters, Mrs. E. P. Gillman, who resides at Springfield, Mass., was wired Wednesday of her brother's death and sent word back to have the body buried here. The address of the other sister and the cousin of the deceased are unknown to Miss Good and her mother and they could not be communicated with.
The funeral was held from Brower's undertaking rooms at 10:00 this morning. Rev. Robert Warner officiating. Interment was at Lakeview cemetery.
Pend d'Oreille Review September 2, 1910 Page 4
DOUBLE FUNERAL SAD AFFAIR
AND INFANT HALF SISTER
Catholic Church Largely
Attended --- Many Beautiful Floral
One of the saddest funerals ever held in Sandpoint took place at 10:30 o'clock
Monday morning at St. Joseph's church, when the last rites of the Catholic faith
were pronounced by Rev. Fr. Kelly, over the remains of George Strong, a victim
of forest fires in Montana, and his half-sister, Susie Haney, nine months of
age, who died at Ponderay Sunday morning of pneumonia.
The services were attended by a large crowd of sympathizing friends both from Ponderay and from this city.
There was a profusion of beautiful floral offerings and the casket which contained the remains of young Strong was covered with flowers, while a beautiful wreath and cross of flowers gently rested upon the casket of the little girl. As the remains were borne into the church several little girls walked directly behind the coffin and carried flowers.
George Strong was only 16 years of age when he sacrificed his life in combating the fire fiend and was a young man universally esteemed by those who bore his acquaintance.
He leaves a mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Haney, two brothers, Harvey and Edward Strong, and two half sisters, Agnes and Mary Haney, to mourn his tragic death. One of the brothers, Harvey, is quite low with pleurisy and was unable to attend the funeral.
Interment was in Lakeview cemetery and the remains of both Strong and his infant half sister were buried in the same grave.