Torkelson, Michael John 1950 - 1956
Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 10/11/2014 at 08:45:45
Council Bluffs Non-Pareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Mon., 18 June 1956.
The Monona boy who lost his life in the family silo was Michael Torkelson, 5-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Torkelson, who farm about a mile south of Monona.
The silo had been filled with chopped hay Friday. The boy crawled up to the top late Saturday and jumped into the hay, which had since settled down. A physician reported that the lad was suffocated by carbon monoxide fumes given off by the hay.
Dubuque Telegraph Herald, 20 June 1956.
Monona, Ia.- Services for Michael John Torkelson, 5, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Torkelson, were Monday in St. Paul's Lutheran Church here. The child died June 16. He was born Sept. 3, 1950, at Postville. He died of suffocation in a silo on the W. C. Kruse farm south of here.
Survivors are his parents, two sisters, one brother and two grandmothers.
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