VITTUM, Garfield G. 1885-1924
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/9/2015 at 22:00:25
Garfield G. Vittum, 38, former resident of the Reinbeck neighborhood, was found dead in his home at 1017 South St., Waterloo, at 5 p.m. Friday of last week, the gas filled dwelling bearing mute evidence of cause of death when neighbors entered the home. He had been dead several hours, according to physicians.
Thursday, H. T. Wagner, sheriff, had served notice of pending divorce action brought by his wife, formerly Golda Fitje, also of Reinbeck. Sheriff Wagner was also given an injunction for service, the latter enjoining Vittum from molesting his wife.
Following service of the notice, Vittum's wife, accompanied by her mother, departed for Reinbeck, where they had made their home previous to moving to Waterloo five years ago to reside. It is said that on Thursday evening Vittum visited the business district in search of an attorney and he was last seen by neighbors as he left the house on this mission.
The Vittum family is well and favorably known at Reinbeck where they have been longtime residents. The dead man is reputed to be wealthy and the owner of two farms as well as property in Waterloo. Friends declare that a conservative estimate of his resources would be close to $70,000. These figures, however, are believed to be greatly exaggerated.
Altho in a position financially to retire from all active labor, he had not seen fit to do so, but had worked as a section laborer on the Chicago Great Western railroad.
Vittum and his wife were wed in 1916, going to Waterloo five years ago. It is said that the marriage relationship had not been happy. There are no children. The dead man is survived by his aged mother, who is not well, and at present is at the home of her son, Ernie, east of Reinbeck, two sisters, Mrs. Lena Northway and Mrs. Etta Bean and three brothers, Ernest and Arthur, living at Reinbeck, and Clarence, near Cedar Rapids.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 20 March 1924, pg 6
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