WEATHERLY, Alma 1896-1925
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/21/2015 at 15:36:14
Mrs. Eug. Weatherly Dies From Self-Inflicted Wound
Shoots Herself In Temple with Small Rifle Early Sunday Morning
Poor Health the Cause
Leaves Husband, One Child, Parents and Number of Other Relatives
Mrs. Eugene Weatherly passed away at 11:30 Tuesday forenoon from a self-inflicted rifle wound in the right temple, the act being committed early Sunday morning.
Mrs. Weatherly had been in poor health for some time and about two weeks ago she was taken to a Marshalltown hospital for treatment. She was there less than a week when the attending physician thought she would be all right in a short time and she was taken to her home on the Ed. Ecklund farm in Felix township, this county, and it was there that she committed the act that ended fatally.
Last Sunday morning she arose quietly between the hours of 5 and 6 o'clock and got out of the house without arousing any of the family and went directly to the garage where a .22 rifle belonging to one of the neighbors had been left in the car after being used the day before to shoot ground-squirrels. The rifle was covered with the robes in the car and all shells removed, but it was ascertained that she knew where some cartridges were kept in the house and she took one cartridge from the box, went to the garage and finding the rifle, loaded it and shot herself.
The husband awakened a little before six o'clock and noticing the absence of his wife, arose at once and started in search of her, finding her in the garage with a bullet wound in the right temple.
The unfortunate woman was hurried to the Deaconess hospital at Marshalltown where an X-ray examination disclosed that the bullet had entered the right temple and followed the skull around to the base of the brain where it had lodged. Her condition was such that an immediate operation could not be performed and she lingered until Tuesday about 11:30 when she passed away.
Mrs. Weatherly was formerly Miss Alma Dittmer, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dittmer, living south of this place. She was in her twenty-ninth year. She leaves besides her husband and one daughter nearly six years of age, her parents and many other relatives and a wide circle of friends who sympathize with the bereaved family.
Funeral services will be held this (Thursday) afternoon from the Alice church of God and burial will be in the Alice cemetery.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 21 May 1925, pg 1
Obituary Mrs. Eugene Weatherly
Funeral services for Mrs. Eugene Weatherly were held last Thursday afternoon. On account of the absence of the resident pastor, Rev. David Alexander, pastor of the Baptist church at Grundy Center, officiated. There was a very large attendance at the funeral. The seating capacity of the church was not large enough for all who came for the service. There was a very generous and beautiful floral tribute.
Alma Caroline Dittmer was born in Grundy county on August 9th, 1896. She grew to woman hood and made her home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dittmer, residing five miles south of Grundy Center, until she was married to Eugene Weatherly nine years ago last January. Since her marriage she and her husband continued to reside in Grundy county. Mrs. Weatherly was widely known and highly respected by everyone who knew her and the family have the undivided sympathy of all in their great bereavement.
Mrs. Weatherly is survived by her husband and six year old daughter, Mildred Blanche, by her father and mother and one sister and two brothers. The brothers are Edward Dittmer, from Ellis, Minn., and Harry of this county. The surviving sister is Mrs. George Garls, from Aplington.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 28 May 1925, pg 1
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