Two sons of the farmer Philipp Bach in Germantown, 14 and 12 years old, died on the night of 15th-16th December 1849 by asphyxiation from a coal stove. In the afternoon, their father loaded 1 bushel of coals into the oven to heat the room. The two boys slept alone in a bed in the room. In the morning, the oldest was found out of the bed, he probably had got up from concern, but it was too late. The room was new and everything tightly closed and sealed so that no draft was possible.
There is some crossover news found in Milwaukee's German papers with the neighboring counties, but this clipping might be found in Washington Co. papers if they started early enough.
"Milwaukee's German Newspapers; an index of death notices and related items" (1844-1950).
Gary Rebholz, Milwaukee Wis.
Indexing of these papers started in 2007 and continues today.