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Surname: Higgins, Johnston, Taylor, Favre, Blakley, Mason
This is a tragic incident and I'm including the newspaper article with
the obituary for explanatory purposes. Any information on the family would
be greatly appreciated!
(I am indebted to my cousin John William Mason for providing this article
Newspaper Article From The Upper Country News-Reporter
Cambridge, Idaho Thursday, June 3, 1976
"Three Die In Home Fire Friday Morning
Three members of a Cambridge family were killed and a fourth infured early
Friday when fire struck their home.
The victims were identified as John Higgins, 60, long-time Cambridge-area
rancher; his wife, Anna, 59, and their nine-year-old son Paul. They apparently
died from heat and smoke inhalation, authorities said.
An older son, Michael Henry Higgins, 17, escaped by breaking out a bedroom
window. He ran to a neighboring house and summoned help, but when authorities
arrived at 2:55 a.m., the three other family members were dead, Washington
County Sheriff Jim Johnston said. "I think the others just couldn't get
out," he said.
Johnston said the fire started in the fan of a gas furnace, then spread
to the ceiling of the house. Little damage was done to the house, Johnston
said. No windows were open, however, and the smoke and lack of oxygen apparently
killed the three family members.
By the time authorities arrived, Johnson said, the fire had been smothered
by a lack of oxygen in the almost airtight house. Officers speculated that
from the location of the bodies, it appeared all three victims had been
attempting to get out of the house when they died. One was found in a hall,
one in the bathroom and the third in the kitchen.
Michael was taken to the Council hospital and later transferred to St.
Luke's Hospital in Boise, where he underwent surgery for lacerations. He
was released Tuesday."
Obituary from The Upper Country News-Reporter
Cambridge, Idaho June 3, 1976
"JOHN H. HIGGINS
Rosary for John H. Higgins, 60, his wife, Anna, 59, and their son, Paul,
9, was recited at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, in Cambridge.
Mass was celebrated at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Cambridge High School
Auditorium by the Rev. Francis Peterson. Interment was in the Cambridge
Cemetery under direction of Northam-Jones Funeral Home.
John Higgins was born Sept. 3, 1915 in Council. He moved to Cambridge as
a child. He graduated from Cambridge High School and married Anna Mason
Sept. 25, 1938. They ranched in the Salubria area.
Mr. Higgins was a member of the Salubria Lodge AF&AM, Sheep Shearers Union,
former member of Cambridge School Board and Weiser Memorial Hospital Board
of Directors and a Democratic precinct committeeman.
Surviving are six sons, Richard and Michael, both of Cambridge, Ronald,
of Boise, Larry, Portland, Allen, Reno, and Johnny, of Roseburg, Ore.;
two daughters, Marilyn Taylor, of Eagle and Mary Teresa Higgins, Cambridge;
and 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy in
1944 and Arthur in 1974.
Mrs. Higgins was born Dec. 23, 1916 in Cambridge and attended school there.
She performed many dramatic readings for Cambridge organizations.
She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, the Altar Society, Idaho
Mental Health Association, Salubria Club, and Treasure Valley Association
for Handicapped and Retarded Citizens.
Surviving in addition to the children are two sisters, Mrs. Paul (Teresa)
Favre, Portland, and Mrs. Roy (Mary) Blakley, Cambridge; three brothers,
James Mason, Weiser, Tom, Beaverton, Ore.; and Michael, North Powder, Ore.
She was preceded in death by a brother, John, in 1975.
Paul Higgins was born Jan. 19, 1967 in Council. He attended the Mary Kay
School in Ontario and in 1975 entered Cambridge Grade School. He was a
member of the Holy Rosary Church."
Contributions may be made to a family memorial fund in care of Bob Wood
at the Idaho State Bank in Cambridge."
Link: Donna C. Hamm's Family History