Emma Ashline

Press Republican Monday, March 19, 1956

Clifford Miller,
Wife, Two Children
Perish in Flames
ELLENBURG DEPOT — The last of the charred bodies of a
family of four was pulled from the ashes of the family’s two-story
home yesterday morning to climax a grim four-hour search by volunteer
firemen and sheriff’s deputies.
Raging flames, first discovered –
at 12:30 yesterday morning, leveled
the part frame, part log dwelling
on the plank Road and took the
lives of 31 year old Clifford miller
his wife Emma 28 and their two
children, Francis, 10, and Susan, 8.
Mrs. Miller and the two children
are believed to have died in their
sleep in the two second-floor bedrooms.
The body o£ Clifford Miller was
found in a shed opening off the
first-floor kitchen. The position of
his body led sheriff’s deputies to
theorize that he might have left the
burning building to clear his lungs
of smoke and tried to return to rescue
his wife and children.
Inquest Slated
District Attorney Thomas R.
North said that an inquest would
be conducted by Coroner Dana A.
Weeks. Dr. Weeks returned yesterday
from a Florida vacation.
North added, however, that he
doubted that the cause of the blaze
would ever be determined. “There
was Just nothing left,” he said.
He said that the family probably
died of asphyxiation. The bodies
were so horribly burned, he pointed
out, that autopsies would serve no
purpose.
North, acting-coroner Dr. Daniel
Webster, Sheriff Emett Ducatte
and three of his deputies, state
police from the Chazy substation,
and nine volunteer iiremen from
[Ellenburg Depot raced to the
scene of the tragedy early this
morning. The Miller home was
located by North as about four
miles from Ledgers Corners and
eight miles from Ellenburg Depot.

 

PLATTSBURGH PRESS-REPUBLICAN—WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 1956

Funeral Rites
.For Ellenburg
Fire Victims Held

ELLENBURG—Funeral services
• for the Clifford Miller family were
held yesterday morning at 9:30 at
St. Edmund’s Church. The Rev.
Earl Taylor was celebrant of the
high Mass of requiem.
Clifford Miller, 31, his wife,
Emma, 28, and two children,
,Francis, 10 and Susan, 8, perished
 In an early Sunday morning fire
near here.
Bearers were Roy Demarals,
Clayton Brooks, Arthur Ashllne,
Donald Ashllne, Lawrence Ashllne,
Peter Dubray, Max Miller,
Ronald Miller, Howard Cayea,
Charles LaFountain, Gerald La-
Fountain and Howard Rabldeau.
Approximately 150 classmates of
the two Miller children attended
f the funeral.
The bodies were placed in a
vault for burial in the spring.
An inquest into the accidental
deaths of the four members of the
family will be held by county coroner
Dana A. Weeks on March 28
at 10 a.m

 

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