Epps, Franklin H. 'Frank' 1889-1930
Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 1/20/2015 at 19:11:43
Volga City, Ia. - Mrs. Mary Epps has received word that her son Frank, who was employed by the government on the Mississippi river near Purque, Mo., was drowned when he fell overboard. Search for the body was made immediately but as yet has not been found.
Mr. Epps was born at Volga City, Dec. 17, 1889. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary Epps of this city, one sister, Mrs. John Adams, Clayton, and three brothers, James, Clinton, Ia.; Oscar, Seattle, Wash. and Fred of Dakota.
~Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal, Dubuque, Iowa, Sunday morning edition, November 9, 1930
The body of Frank Epps, who was drowned in the Mississippi river near Perque, Missouri, October 28, 1930, was found near St. Louis last Thursday, June 18th, and the remains were shipped to Volga City and burial took place Saturday afternoon.
At the time of this unfortunate accident, Frank was employed on a government boat at river work, which line of occupation he had followed for several years past. Search for the body was immediately started, but after a few days was given up and nothing more was heard from it until Thursday when the body was located near St. Louis, about 100 miles from the scene of the drowning.
The body was identified by a notary seal which was found in his clothes and word was immediately sent to his mother, Mrs. Mary Epps at Volga City.
The remains arrived in Volga City Saturday afternoon abut 3:00 o'clock and were taken to Sacred Heart Catholic church, where short services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. D.P. Cregan. They were then taken to the Catholic cemetery and with services by the American Legion were given to the final resting place.
~Clayton County Register, Thursday morning, June 18, 1931
~Note: Frank Epps was a veteran of WWI. His gravestone in Sacred Heart cemetery, Volga is inscribed:
Franklin H. Epps, Iowa, Pvt Co. B, 346 MG BN 91 Div
Clayton Obituaries maintained by Sharyl Ferrall.
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