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Posted by: Gary Sage (ID *****9363) Date: November 14, 2003 at 05:54:15
In Reply to: Re: LEONARD & THROCKMORTON HISTORY by Roger Brower of 1362

Buried in the same cemetary (Bayview, on Hosford Avenue, Leonardo) is an Alice Loux (Daughter of William Leonard. She is buried in the Leonard plot marked with a HUGE obelisk) who was married to Charlie Loux. He was a carpenter, and built (and they at one time lived in) the house that my grandparents lived in on Leonardville Road, Leonardo.

Sometime around 1905, she murdered her two daughters with illuminating gas after they moved to Bloomfield(?). I believe that she was sent to a mental hospital and may have died there. I don't have a lot of info about this event anymore, but I had photocopies of some articles that were published in the Newark Evening News, which I unfortunately no longer have. When we were kids, my grandfather used to try scaring my brothers and me with stories that the ghosts of the girls were haunting his house. I didn't find out that the incident took place in Bloomfield till about 10 years ago.

The story as I recall was that she suffered from asthma and decided to take the drastic action she did to prevent her girls from suffering the same. The article said that she had blown out the lamp, thereby filling the room with gas. She changed her mind and then opened the window and revived them a number of times but ultimately succumbed to the gas herself, and fell onto the floor. Since the girls were on the bed, the gas killed them, while she survived.

I know this is a terrible story, but it may be helpful in tracing Alice Leonard from Leonardo to Bloomfield.

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