Jim who spoke to Alice's sister Mabel who lived to 101, also tells us that Alice was the nurse who worked for Charles L Shackford caring for his wife Ida Mary Litchfield Shackford who died of pneumonia on October 27, 1912. A year and a few days after Ida's death, Charles and Alice were married. We have not yet found a copy of that marriage record but six months later, Alice's death in this tragic fire was reported across the United States.
Jim shared this transcription from the April 15, 1914 The Daily Hampshire Gazette which described Alice's funeral: “The funeral of Mrs. Alice L. Bridgman, wife of Charles Lee Shackford and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight S. Bridgman of Westhampton, will be held at the home of Mr. Shackford’s parents in Dorchester this afternoon and in the Westhampton church parlors at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow. She was a graduate of the Northampton High School in the class of 1907 and after training as a professional nurse at the Charter Oak private hospital took a post graduate course at the Brookline Woman’s Private hospital in Boston. She had lived in Boston, practicing her profession until her marriage to Mr. Shackford, Oct. 31 [sic], 1913. Details of the death of Mrs. Shackford are meager, but from the news received by friends here it appears that she was awakened by the smell of smoke and arose, without awakening her husband, to investigate its cause. As she had not been in normal health recently it is thought that after discovering the flames she was overcome with faintness and rushed to a window, where she lost consciousness, and fell limply to the street below. The exact facts will probably never be determined.”
The article shown below mentions that her husband, Charles L Shackford whose parents were Edward W Shackford and Georgianna Lee was also badly burned in the fire. Alice's death record states that the caue of death was "Internal Injuries including Fracture of Skull, caused by Precipitation from a Height during a Conflagration". What a sad death for this 26 year old young woman who had served so many others during her career path of nursing.
WOMEN DIE IN BOSTON FIRE.
Mrs. Shackford and Mrs. Bemis Killed in Commonwealth Avenue.
BOSTON. Mass., Tuesday, April 14.- Two women were killed early to-day in a fire which swept through the Melville apartment house, at Commonwealth Avenue and Long Avenue, in the Aliston district.
The women who were killed, Mrs. C. L. Shackford and Mrs. Edith Bemis, jumped from windows.
Mrs. Shackford's husband was badly burned before he was rescued by firemen. Mr. and Mrs G. A. Rogers and Miss R. Adams escaped from the fourtn floor by a rope ladder made from bed clothing.
The building was wholly destroyed, but all persons are believed to have been taken out. The loss probably will reach $200,000.
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