Charles Doyen 1896-1937
Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 4/17/2020 at 17:22:03
(December 11, 1896 – May 11, 1937)
Pomeroy Herald, Pomeroy, Iowa, Thurs., May 13, 1937, p.1, col.1
Farmer Killed by Lightning Tuesday; Charles Doyen Dies Instantly in Door of Barn
Charles Doyen, 39 years of age, was instantly killed Tuesday evening about 7 o’clock at his farm home 3 miles northeast of Pomeroy, when struck by a bolt of lightning. Mr. Doyen was in the barn doing the evening chores and started for the house to get the milk pails. Just as he was in the doorway, a bolt of lightning struck the peak of the barn, following the hay track which led directly to the barn door and it passed completely through his body. Mrs. Doyen was on the back porch of the home, not more than 150 feet away, and witnessed the accident. She rushed immediately to her husband’s side but death had been instantaneous. The door jamb was born off and the entire side of the barn was ripped and torn, but the building did not catch fire. There were a number of head of livestock in the barn and a cow not over four feet from the barn door, but all escaped the effects of the lightning. Mr. Doyen was born on the farm where he met his death and had spent his entire life on the home place, which was known as the Gert Doyen farm. He is survived by his wife, the aged mother, two brothers, Heye Doyen and George Doyen, four sister, Mrs. George Cassen of Fairmont, Minn., Mrs. Henry Vetter of Manson and the Misses Gertrude and Hattie Doyen at home. Funeral services for Mr. Doyen will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the First Evangelical church with the Rev. G. E. Pauloweit in charge.
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