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Kovac House fire at Hibbard

Monday, March 15, 1954
Rochester Sentinel
Bessie Kovacs
Mrs. Bessie KOVACS, who with six members of her family perished when their home at Hibbard burned last week, is survived by a brother and sister of this community.
A brother, Leonard DIXON, resides in the Richland Center community, while a sister, Mrs. William FLYNN, lives north of Rochester. Mrs. Kovacs' father was the late Riley DIXON, a former Rochester resident. Also surviving are brotrs [brothers], Bill and Norman DIXON, Lakeville; Charles DIXON, near Chicago, and another sister, Leone [DIXON], LaPorte.

Seven members out of 12 of the Kovacs family died when a flash fire hit their home in the small community north of Culver . KOVACS (names was original Kowatch or vice versa, David had said). I remember the articlesin the scrapebook David lent out - The family all but a few died in a house fire. The listing as found in the cemetery records of the Burr Oak Cemetery {with a notation that the 7 listed with same death dates all died in a house fire per infromation given to the transcriber by someone in the cemetery at the time) is as follows:

      KOVACS Frank V., 1904-1973
      Bessie C., 1905-1954
      David O., 1931 (one date only)
      Karl K., 1935-1954
      Francis V., 1936-1954
      Donald Madison, Ind Tec 5 382 Station Hosp WW2, May 9, 1929 - Mar 11, 1954 (military marker)
      Elizabeth, 1924-1954
      QUACKENBUSH, Jeanette, 1949-1954
      QUACKENBUSH, Michael, 1951-1954

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