Mother, 2 babes killed by fumes of escaping gas [deaths of Mrs. Giuseppe Assalonne and children]
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 9 Dec 1927, p. 9

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Two short weeks of supreme happiness which came to Giuseppe Assalonne and his family upon being re-united after more than a year's separation, and that reunion in their own home for which Mr. Assalonne had just purchased for them at 1476 Asbury avenue, Winnetka, was climaxed by tragedy last Saturday, when the husband and father returned to his home in the afternoon to find both his wife and their two children dead.

The three had been overcome by gas, escaping from a burner under the hot water heating tank. A pipe burst, from which the water trickled onto the flame, extinguishing it, and a mother did not detect the deadly fumes of gas which quickly filled the room.

When Assalonne returned home about 2 o'clock he found his two children, Nellie, aged 2, and Dominicia, 5 1/2 years of age, lying on a bed, dead. The lifeless body of the mother was on the floor, in the same room.

Sergeant Harry Enault of the Winnetka police partner, summoned physicians and pulmotor aid from both Wilmette and Highland Park, but efforts to restore the victims were unavailing.

Assalonne, a laborer, upon coming to this country from Italy about a year ago, had worked with the one thought in mind, of making a home here for his family and bringing them to Winnetka as soon as possible.

An inquest was held in the Lewis funeral parlors in Wilmette.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock, at Sacred Heart church, Hubbard Woods.

Media Type:
Genealogical Resource
Item Types:
Death notices
Date of Publication:
9 Dec 1927
Personal Name(s):
Assalone, Nellie ; Assalonne, Dominicia ; Assalonne, Giuseppe ; Assalonne, Giuseppe Mrs. ; Enault, Harry
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Mother, 2 babes killed by fumes of escaping gas [deaths of Mrs. Giuseppe Assalonne and children]