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John Golla 1874-1935


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 3/14/2011 at 21:35:19

John Golla Takes Own Life, Friday
Tragedy stalked into the Golla home Friday [February 22, 1935[ with the self inflicted death of the husband and father John Golla, at the residence on South Fifteenth. Ill health and domestic troubles are believed to have caused the act. The body of the unhappy man was found at noon Saturday by his son in law L. M. Hogan, hanging in an upstairs room. He had put a beam across a trap door opening into the attic to which he fastened the rope and then kicked the chair on which he was standing from under his feet.

Mr. Golla was living alone in the home. Coroner Fred Sternborg when called, stated that the condition of the body would indicate that death had occurred about 24 hours prior to the time found. Neighbors had not seen him since Thursday. No inquest was held.

Coming to Estherville from Minneapolis in 1899 the deceased man had made his home here continuously since that time. He was born in Minneapolis on Dec. 7, 1874, and received his education in the schools of that place. He was married there in 1899 to Miss Pauline Maxson and they came to this city soon after their marriage. Their family of five sons and four daughters were born and raised in Estherville.

For 20 years Mr. Golla was a boilermaker for the Rock Island. He retired 15 years ago, but continued to work at similar trades up to the time of his death.

Surviving are his wife and children, Mrs. J. M. Fredericksen, Mrs. L. M. Hogan, June Rose of Estherville, Herman of Danville, Ill., and Esther of Minneapolis.

Funeral services were held today at two thirty from the Christian church with Rev. M. A. Lowe in charge. Interment being made in Oak Hill cemetery. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, February 26, 1935)

John Golla Takes His Own Life. Long-Time Resident Here
John Golla, who was living alone in his home on south fifteenth street, was found on Saturday about noon by his son-in-law, L. M. Hogan, hanging suspended by a rope from the opening to the attic.

The appearances are he had been hanging there since Thursday, although someone said they saw or thought they saw him on Friday afternoon.

Mr. Golla has not been in the best of health for a long time. It is said that his statements a few days before to some of his fellow workmen might have indicated he contemplated this act. It was evident he made preparation as a 2x4 had been placed across the attic opening and he had kicked a chair out from under him after the rope had been fastened.

For many years, Mr. Golla was in the employ of the Rock Island as a mechanic and he was considered a capable one.

The funeral services were held Tuesday from the Christian church, the Rev. M. A. Lowe officiating. Interment was made in Oak Hill cemetery. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, February 27, 1935)

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Golla, of Danville, Ill., and Miss Esther Golla of Minneapolis, were called here this week by the death of John Golla, father of Herman and Esther. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, February 27, 1935)


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