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Friday, April 11, 2008

DEATH BE NOT PROUD-- VANDALIA, IL (1932)

While we’re on the subject:

Fayette Facts 36:4 (Dec 2007) includes these death notices extracted from the Vandalia Union newspaper:

Laurel Earl Baker, 16, died when a shotgun he was transporting from the family’s old house to its new home went off in the family car. He was struck in the stomach and died shortly thereafter (27 Oct 1932).

Alfred Cowgill, 64, died when he fell from the seat onto the tongue of the wagon he was driving-- his neck was broken in the fall. His death was discovered after the animals decided it was time to go home for supper and walked back to the barn with Cowgill’s body still hanging on the wagon tongue (3 Nov 1932).

Laura Cress (age not given) was killed when thieves entered the home she shared with her husband, Ernest Cress. Her husband answered a knock on the door, and discovered one of three thieves pointing a shotgun at him. Cress dove out a window and ran to summon help. When he got back home with help, however, he found his wife’s body riddled with shotgun slugs (1 Dec 1932).

Mary Ford (age not given) died from a heart attack two days after the death of her son, John Wilkes Ford (20 Nov 1932).

William Beverly Hopkins (age 16 months) died after eating a handful of unpopped kernels grabbed from a bowl of popcorn held by his 7-year-old sister, Catherine. He died while en route to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis (24 Nov 1932).

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