Vinton Review; October 26, 1910
Frederick E. Purdon
Frederick Ernest Purdon
Frederick Purdon died at his home one-half south of the College for the Blind Saturday evening, following an illness of two weeks with a disease of the throat, which finally choked him to death.
Two weeks he was taken with a choking spell and began doctoring at once. He had two or three spells at different times afterwards, which we relieved, but when attacked by one Saturday evening, he died before a physician could reach the house.
A few minutes before his death he was sitting on the porch reading a newspaper. Mrs. Purdon called to him to come into the kitchen where she could watch him, while her father, Mr. Porter, went out to do the chores. He came in but had scarcely sat down when he got up and ran out to the porch and fell, gasping for breath. His wife and Mr. Porter ran to him and did all in their power to relieve him, but death came in a very few moments.
Frederick Ernest Purdon was born in England February 26, 1872. At the age of sixteen he came to Benton County and has resided here since, following the occupation of farming. He was married August 27, 1895, at Dysart, to Miss Gertrude Porter and two children were born to them, Leola, aged 8 years and Floyd, aged 5 years. The wife and children and three sisters survive him. Two of the sisters live in England and the other Mrs. Henry McGinty of Princeton, Illinois, came Sunday night to be present at the funeral. Deceased was a member of the Presbyterian church and the funeral was conducted by Rev. Simms at the Prairie U.B. Church Tuesday morning at eleven o'clock, burial being made in the cemetery adjoining the church.