Name: Alexander Brazil Quenette
From: The Fargo Forum, Fargo, North Dakota
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 1945
Hope, N.D. -- The A. H. Lindeman farm home, 8 1/2 miles north east of here was burned to the ground Monday and a farm hand died of burns and exposure Tuesday afternoon in a Northwood hospital.
The dead man was Alex Quenette, about 50, who had worked on the farm about three years. He was alone on the farm, Mr. and Mrs. Lindeman having moved into town for the winter.
Cause of the fire is under investigation but it is believed that it may have started from a smoldering cigarette. Mr. Quenette was in the habit of smoking in bed, his employer said.
The blaze was first noticed by a neighbor, a Mr. Tomren, who notified the Lindemans and then went to investigate. He reported that when he got to the farm the building, a one-story structure, was going up in flames.
Mr. Quenette was found, in a semi-conscious condition, seated in his car in the farm yard, clad only in a jacket. He was unable to speak coherently and could not give any details on the fire.
Mr. Quenette is survived by a brother, George, of Hope and his mother and a
brother in Duluth.