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FLUTH, John 1855-1930


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/6/2012 at 10:48:43

John Fluth Is Found Dead in His Home

Died Suddenly Late Saturday--Funeral Services Held Thursday

John Fluth was found dead at his home northeast of Wellsburg Tuesday morning. The body of the aged man, who lived alone in his little house on his farm, was lying near his bed as if he had been suddenly overcome. Mucus was oozing from his mouth, as though from purging of the body. He is said to have complained of a pain in the chest shortly before his return home last Saturday from Holland, where he had gone for coal.

Mr. Fluth was seen working in his field Saturday afternoon, and went to Holland after a jag of coal late that afternoon. He returned, put the car in the shed, and apparently had gotten the ashes out of the stove ready to make a fire when the attack came.

From late Saturday until Tuesday forenoon, the body lay on the floor, and the farmstead stood without human care. The little chicks--200 or more--died in the brooders that had grown cold. The horses tied in the barn were left uncared for and suffering from neglect through those several days.

When the body was found, it showed signs of mortification and was in a bloated condition.

The coroner, Mr. Coffman, was summoned from Grundy Center but decided that death came from natural causes and that no inquest was necessary. The body was removed to Wellsburg and taken to the Beving undertaking parlor over the store, where it was prepared for burial.

Coroner Coffman decided that the probable cause of death was acute indigestion.

The funeral was held Thursday afternoon from the Beving and Flessner store and at the Heinrich church north of Wellsburg. Burial was made in the Heinrich cemetery.

The pall bearers were as follows:
Charles Etjen, Ebe Harms, T. M. Bergman, E. Walters, H. T. Neessen and Ontje Hook.

Mr. Fluth leaves an estate valued at around $15,000. He owned 80 acres of good land in Pleasant Valley township and $1700 in cash as shown on the tax roll.


John Fluth was born in Loquard, Ostfriesland, Germany, March 2, 1855, and died at his home in Pleasant Valley township, May 24, 1930, aged 75 years, two months and 22 days.

He came to America when 16 years old, in 1871, with his parents and the family settled in German township, Grundy county. Mr. Fluth was never married. In all his life he was never more than fifty miles from Grundy county, except perhaps on one or two trips by auto.

He was industrious and thrifty. Up to the day of his death, he was busy with his duties on the tract of land he had reserved for his own use from his farm.

He leaves a sister, Mrs. Johanna Frey of Parkersburg, who is the only direct relative left. A brother, Tjark Fluth died not long ago.

? through his ? and brother, Tjark ? are a large ? of nephews and nieces. They are as follows:
Fred Fluth of Ackley, Mrs. Hugo of Buffalo Center, Mrs. E. Krull of Buffalo Center, Mrs. Van Heiden of Ackley, Mrs. Folkert DeVries of Aplington, Mrs. George Schutjer of Wesley, Iowa, Dick Spieker of Woden, Fred, Riner and Jerry Spieker of Ackley, Mrs. Menno Kuper of Ackley, Mrs. Tom Frerichs of Aplington, John Frey of Buffalo Center, Will Frey of Parkersburg, Fred Frey of Cedar Falls, Mrs. S. Jurgens of Holland, Mrs. Joe Barties of Parkersburg, Fred Javers of Parker, S. D., Mrs. Joe Staver of Marion, S. D., Fritz, John, Hiske, Poppe and Willie Javers all of around Lennox, S. D.

--Wellsburg Herald (Wellsburg, Iowa), 21 May 1930


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