Log Cabin Friday 14 Feb 1908 Vol. 13 No. 7
John Fletcher Toadvine
Pg. 4 Col. 3
Was J. F. Toadvine, and Elbert Dunn's store Destroyed.
Death by fire was the awful fate of J. F. Toadvine, an aged citizen of Avena.,
and the store building and stock of merchandize belonging to Mr. Elbert Dunn
and destroyed by flames Friday night.
Mr. Toadvine, with his wife and daughter, lived in part of the building
occupied by Elbert Dunn's store, Mr. Dunn having married Mr. Toadvine's
daughter. Some years ago he was afflicted with sun-stroke, and has been an
invalid since. On last Friday night, Mrs. Toadvine and daughter left after
supper to call on some neighbors. During their absence it is supposed that
the lamp. which had been turned down, exploded and caused the conflagration
from which the unfortunate man was unable to escape. When the fire was
discovered it was beyond control and the building was consumed with Mr.
Toadvine in his room. After the flames had spent their force the charred
remains were recovered.
Mr. Dunn's loss was about $1,000 on the building and $1,000 on the stock of
goods. He carried no insurance. It was with difficulty that his residence
and barn were saved.
Mr. Dunn and Mrs. Toadvine ask the Log Cabin to express their gratitude to all
those who helped fight the fire or in various other ways have rendered their
John Fletcher Toadvine was born 16 Feb 1823. Joined the Mt. Pleasant M.E.
Church when quite a young man. Married Mary A. Roberts in 1849. They had 10
children, seven of whom still survive, two sons and five daughters also the
wife and mother.