QUINN, Will 1860-1929
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Date: 5/5/2015 at 18:29:50
Will Quinn Found Dead In His Bed
Pioneer Grundy Resident Dies From Apoplexy
It was a great shock to the community when it was announced on the streets Wednesday forenoon the Will Quinn, a resident of this city for upwards of fifty years, and for the past few years a local grocery man, had passed away sometime during Tuesday night.
Will --unreadable-- for years in the rear room on the second floor of the Beckman building, on Main street, and it has been his habit to unlock Dr. F. S. Beckman's office in the morning when he got up.
Wednesday morning Dr. Beckman was a little late in getting to his office and when he arrived he found the door locked. He thought this strange and after opening his office went to Will's room where he found Will cold in death.
Coroner L. D. Coffman was notified, as was also Dr. Thielen, Will's old time friend and physician, and it was their opinion that a stroke of apoplexy was the cause of death and an inquest was unnecessary.
Will had not been in the best of health for two months or more, being troubled with a very high blood pressure, and he was taking treatments from Dr. Thielen. Tuesday evening he attended the supper given by the ladies of the Catholic church and to all appearances was in his usual health. Being a hearty eater, it is intimated that he may have eaten too hearty a meal, and after going to his room and retiring he was stricken. There was every indication that he died without a struggle and had been dead several hours when found.
Will Quinn was born at Trempealeau, Wis., on Sept. 22, 1860, and was 69 years, 1 months and 28 days of age at the time of his death (Nov. 20, 1929), but had been a resident of Grundy Center for more than fifty years. He attended school here and has always resided here. Many years ago he worked as buttermaker for J. H. Sperry. Later years he clerked for various grocery firms until a few years ago he went into business for himself and which he was conducting up to the time of his death.
He has a sister, Mrs. J. J. Duffy, who resides at Boone, Iowa, and who visited over the last weekend here with her brother. A half-brother is at Independence and a sister-in-law resides at Iowa Falls. His brother, Tom, died a year or two ago at Iowa Falls. Mrs. L. W. Plager, of this city, is a niece.
Will Quinn was a man of many friends who will deeply mourn his sudden demise.
Funeral services will be held at Sacred Heart church at 10 o'clock a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22nd. Interment will be in the Catholic cemetery west of town.
Friends wishing to view the remains may do so at the L. W. Plager home up to 9:30 Friday morning.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 21 November 1929, pg 1
Close For Wm. Quinn Funeral
Services Were Held in the Catholic Church Friday Morning
The business houses in Grundy Center were closed from ten to eleven o'clock last Friday during the funeral services of Will Quinn, who had been affiliated with the business interests of the town for more than forty years. Because of the necessary absence of the local pastor, Rev. Father P. J. Boyle, the services were conducted by Rev. Father Hammill, pastor of the Catholic church at Parkersburg. There was a large attendance at the funeral service. Interment was in the family lot in the Catholic cemetery.
Relatives from a distance who were here at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Duffy and daughter, Genevieve, from Boone, Mrs. Tom Quinn from Iowa Falls, Mr. and Mrs. George Diamond and Mrs. C. H. Diamond, from Lanark, Ill.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 28 November 1929, pg 1
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