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October 31, 2015

1967 Norman Maurice Little Killed in a Fire

Research and writing from Peggy Nuckles, featured contributor! Peggy has had the very interesting Accidental History blog.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
The True Story of Norman Little
I found a negative from the Simmons Studio collection that was stuck in an envelope with the words "Private Little" written on the back.
Norman Maurice Little, Warrensburg, MO
When I searched the family files, I found this interesting story published December 4 & 5, 1967 of the life and death of one Norman Maurice Little who seemed to fit the description (I've combined several articles):

"A fire of unknown origin early Sunday morning at 121 North Water Street resulted in the death of Norman Maurice Little, 36, who was visiting in the home.
Little was apparently alone in the house at the time.
He was found by firemen, unconscious on the kitchen floor, and immediate efforts to revive him with heart massage and resuscitator were begun and continued until the ambulance arrived.

Norman Little killed from Smoke Inhalation 1967, Warrensburg, MO
Efforts were continued at the Jonson County Memorial Hospital until 2:30 a.m., at which time he was pronounced dead of asphyxiation.

Survivors include his wife Naomi (Collins), 416 West Market Street and three daughters Aurelia, Norma Jean and Connie Jo of that address; two sons, Kelvin and Anthony, Kansas City, his mother, Hannah Brown, 3419 Mersington, Kansas City; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Harvey, 108 South Washington Street; a brother Herbie Lee Nelson 215 Polk Street. Additional survivors include two step-children, Sheila Fae Little and Louise Ann Collins, both of Warrensburg, and his uncle, Leo Brown and Mrs. Brown with whom he made his home."

He served in the Armed Forces from 10/28/48 to 3/29/50."

Thanks to Shirley Briscoe for confirming that the Private Little pictured above is the same Norman Maurice Little who met his untimely fate so early in life. Now I am sure that I'm telling the true story of Norman Little.

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