The two identified victims were Ona Havill, approximately 30 years old, who was identified by his brother, and “Maxwell,” who was identified by a Dr. Thurlow as a young man from Noble County. The archives state all others were burned beyond hope of identification, with only the trunks of their bodies remaining.
Bailey said his experience has led him to believe the victims were likely children. A child’s bones are not as hard and, therefore, are more likely to be consumed; an adult’s bones are hard to be consumed, even during cremation, he said.
Another likely possibility of the 38 victims not being identified could be due to families not being notified of the fire until weeks later, or longer, because of the mail system at that time, Gross said.
“The burial took place very soon after the fire,” he said.
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