OAKS, John 1878-1910
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Date: 7/13/2012 at 15:13:57
John Oaks – March 8, 1878 – April 15, 1910
FORMER WATERLOO YOUNG MAN KILLED
JOHN OAKS OF WAVERLY MEETS INSTANT DEATH
Crushed By Traction Engine When Bridge Gives Way
WAVERLY- April 16. -- John Oaks of Waverly was almost instantly killed yesterday just before noon five miles northeast of Parkersburg. He was driving a heavy traction engine with a wood saw attachment, when a long bridge over a dry run about ten feet high on which he was crossing gave way, precipitating the engine to the bottom with a crash.
Oaks was caught between the engine and the tender and his body was crushed and badly scalded. He died a few minutes afterward.
Will Chandler, for whom Oaks had been working recently, was driving a short distance ahead. He hurried back and, securing the body, brought it back to Waverly.
Deceased was a young man only thirty-two years of age and came to Waverly from his native state, Kansas, nine years ago. For three years past, until last fall, he was employed as machinist with the Galloway Company in Waterloo. He had been in his present position only three weeks.
Mr. Oaks and Mr. Chandler had left Waverly only a day before and Mr. Oakes was feeling very happy as that was the fifth anniversary of his marriage. Besides his wife, he leaves two little boys, aged three years and eight months.
His wife was formerly Miss Louie Maynard, daughter of Homer A. Maynard of Waverly. Her sister, Mrs. C. E. Connor, lived in Waterloo until a few days ago, when she and her husband, who is a carriage maker, moved to Kansas City.
Besides his wife and little boys, Mr. Oaks is survived by his mother, who lives In Rush County, Kan., and by five brothers and two sisters. One brother and a sister live In Warsaw, Wis., another brother and a sister in Mildor, Wis., two brothers in Deerfleld, Kan., and one brother in Denver, Colo.
The funeral will be held Sunday at the home, conducted by Rev. F. T. Fisher of the Methodist church. Many friends in Waverly and Waterloo will be shocked at his sudden death and will extend sympathy to the mourning relatives.
[Waterloo Evening Courier, Saturday, April 16, 1910]
Note**** The obit had his name spelled as OAKES , it has been edited to show the correct spelling of OAKS. Also edited were his age that was actually 32, not 22 as the original obit said, and the sons were three years old and eight months old. (not 8 years old)
John Oaks was born March 8, 1878 in Kansas and died April 15, 1910. He was buried in the Harlington Cemetery, Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa
Birth Record for the oldest son
Iowa Births and Christenings:
Name: Murrel H Oaks
Birth Date: 7 May 1907
Birth Place: Waverly, Blackhawk, Iowa
Father's Name: John Oaks
Mother's name: Louie Maynard
FHL Film Number: 1034314
Black Hawk Obituaries maintained by Kermit Kittleson.
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