GRIMMIUS, Joe 1906-1950
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/9/2015 at 18:34:07
Joe Grimmius Commits Suicide At Farm Home
Joe Grimmius, who was born and raised in Grundy county, committed suicide at his farm home in Butler county some time after midnight Sunday in a downstairs room. He shot himself in the temple with a .22 rifle. His wife found his body Monday morning. The wife and the two children were asleep in upstairs bedrooms. None of them were awakened by the shot.
The Butler county coroner was called. He decided death was due to suicide and no coroner's inquest was held. The body was brought to the Engelkes funeral home in Grundy Center.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Thursday afternoon. Burial will be in the Grundy Center cemetery. Rev. Gerben VanPutten, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, will conduct the services.
Joe Grimmius was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Grimmius. He was born April 12th, 1906, and grew up on a farm a short distance southwest of Grundy Center. On Dec. 23rd he and Emma Pabst were married at Grundy Center. They began life together on a farm south of Grundy Center, where they lived two years. After that they lived for a year on a farm in Lincoln township. The past seven years they lived on a farm in Butler county northeast of Parkersburg.
Was Champion Cornhusker
In the early thirties Joe Grimmius was rated one of the most speedy cornhuskers in the country. He participated in several state and in a national contest, and was top man in the state one year. He was a member of the team named "The Four Horsemen," who set a new record in the United States for the volume of corn they picked by hand in an hour.
Surviving are the wife and two children: a son, Eugene, 15, and a daughter, Nancy, 8 years old. Other surviving relatives are his mother, who lives in Grundy Center, three brothers and one sister. The brothers are Ben and Leeno of Grundy Center and John of Gladbrook. Mrs. Joe Noel, Grundy Center, is the surviving sister.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 28 December 1950, pg 1
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