HINRICHS, Matilda 1855-1929
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 8/12/2014 at 22:50:00
Aged Woman Dies From Fall
Mrs. George Heinrichs Passed Away at Hampton Tuesday Night
Mrs. George Heinrichs died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Simon Janssen, at Hampton Wednesday morning as the result of a fall the evening before. Her arm and jawbone were broken and she sustained internal injuries. She was eighty years old.
Mrs. Heinrichs' home was at Cleves. She had lived in and in the vicinity of Cleves for many years. She was visiting at her daughter's home when the accident took place. She is the mother of Mrs. Fred Ludeman of Ackley and of Mrs. Eilert Knock of Colfax township.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 12 September 1929, pg 1
Fell Down Stairs to Her Death
The Register contained a brief account in the last issue of this paper regarding the accident which resulted in the death of Mrs. George Hinrichs, mother of Mrs. Eilert Knock of Colfax township.
A more detailed account appears in the issue of The Recorder at Hampton where the accident took place and the report is given below:
"Two jawbone fractures, a skull fracture, and two compound wrist fractures, brought eight and one-half hours of unconsciousness followed by death to Mrs. George Hinrichs of Cleves, who tumbled headlong down the back stairs at the Simon Janssen home in Hampton Tuesday evening."
"Mrs. Hinrichs, 76 years old, is Mrs. Janssen's mother. She came to Hampton Monday with Mr. and Mrs. Janssen and her son, Samuel Hinrichs, after they had visited over the weekend at Cleves. At 8:40 o'clock Tuesday evening, Mrs. Janssen heard a crash on the back stairs. She was unable to open the door at the bottom of the stairs so had to go up the front stairs and down the rear to find her mother who was in a heap, wedged against the closed door."
"As no one but Mrs. Janssen, her daughter, and her mother were in the house, neighbors were called to help remove the injured woman from the stairway. A doctor was summoned. A few minutes later, Mrs. Hinrichs was taken to the Lutheran hospital for examination and treatment. Both her wrists received compound fractures, her jaw bone was fractured on both sides, and her skull was fractured. Her death occurred about 5 a.m. Wednesday. The body of the deceased woman was taken to Cleves Wednesday morning. Funeral services are planned for Saturday."
It is believed the woman either fainted or stumbled when she started to descend the stairs. Except for a slight illness Sunday, Mrs. Hinrichs had enjoyed comparatively good health.
Mrs. Hinrichs was a native of Sweden. She came to this country with her parents when she was a little girl. The family located on a farm near Steamboat Rock. She was married to George Hinrichs 54 years ago. The husband has been dead five years.
"Mrs. Hinrichs is survived by two sons, Andrew of Cleves, and Samuel of Hampton, and five daughters, Mrs. Janssen of Hampton, Mrs. E. H. Knock of Holland, Iowa, Mrs. J. J. Ludemann and Mrs. Fred Ludemann of Ackley, and Mrs. A. H. Kruse of Steamboat Rock."
Funeral services were held at the home at Cleves Saturday afternoon and later at Westfriesland church of German township with the local pastor, Rev. F. W. Engelke, officiating.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 19 September 1929, pg 11
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