EGGLESTON, Cora 1877-1931
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Date: 8/28/2015 at 19:06:45
Mrs. G. L. Eggleston Jumps In Cistern And Suicides
Wife Of County Auditor Ends Life Some Time Wednesday Night
Body Was Found By Husband This Morning
Poor Health and Difficulty to Sleep Believed to Have Been The Cause
Mrs. G. L. Eggleston, wife of the Grundy county auditor, committed suicide last night. Her body was found in five feet of water in the cistern at her home on north Bridge street in Grundy Center early this morning.
Mrs. Eggleston had been in poor health for a number of years. She has been troubled with nervousness and has not been able to sleep well nights. She was at the band concert last evening with her husband and son Dean and daughter-in-law. She seemed to be in very good spirits during the evening and she and her husband visited for a time after they got home before retiring for the night. Mr. Eggleston remembered that his wife was sitting on the side of the bed some time during the night. She got into bed again shortly after. When Mr. Eggleston woke up shortly after six o'clock this morning and found that his wife was not in bed he was not alarmed as she had frequently been getting up first in the morning. After he was dressed, not finding his wife in the kitchen, he went outside, expecting to find her in the garden. He saw that the cover of the cistern adjoining the house had been removed. He looked into the cistern but saw nothing unusual and again looked about the garden for his wife. Not finding her, he looked into the cistern again and saw a piece of white cloth, which was a part of the wife's nightgown.
Neighbors, the sheriff and a doctor were called at once, who helped to remove the body. It was the belief of the doctor attending that Mrs. Eggleston had been dead for several hours. The body was lying face downward at the bottom of the cistern.
News of the terrible tragedy has been a severe shock to the community.
Mrs. Eggleston was in her 55th year. Her maiden name was Cora Hoover. She had been a resident of Hardin and Grundy counties all of her life. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Dean and Carl, and by one daughter, Mrs. Rhea Smith.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 18 June 1931, pg 1
Many Attend Last Rites For Mrs. G. L. Eggleston
County Offices Closed During Period Of Funeral Service
Funeral services for Mrs. G. L. Eggleston were held at the Methodist church in Grundy Center Saturday afternoon, with the local pastor, Rev. J. B. Bird, officiating. Every seat in the church was filled. The flowers were beautiful. All of the offices at the court house were closed during the service. Burial was at the cemetery at Whitten.
Cora May Hoover, daughter of Joseph and Evelyn Hoover, was born at Howard, Kansas, June 25, 1877, and died at Grundy Center, June 18, 1931.
The first six years of her life were spent in Kansas. Then the family came to Hardin county, Iowa, making their home on a farm near Whitten, where she grew to womanhood.
On March 9th, 1899, she became the wife of G. L. Eggleston. For 13 years following their marriage their home was near Whitten, till they came to Grundy Center 18 years ago.
Mrs. Eggleston became a member of the Methodist church in girlhood and continued in those associations and faith through the years. She was a member also of two Orders, the Rebekahs and Royal Neighbors.
The husband and three children survive; one daughter, Mrs. Rhea Smith, of Steamboat Rock; Dean, living at Whitten, and Carl residing at home. Also the deceased has four sisters and three brothers who share mutual sorrow in this bereavement.
The casket-bearers were H. M. Bockes, R. F. Bockes, John Fritzel, Bert Davidson, Orville Clinite, Ben Grimmius, members of the Odd Fellows lodge, of which Mr. Eggleston is a member.
The Rebekah Lodge Memorial service was given at the grave by Miss Carrie DeSeelhorst, Miss Lillie Graham and Mrs. Alice Middleton.
Relatives attending from a distance were Miss Marian Eggleston, Nevada; Mrs. Ed Callaway, Miss Mary Trainer, Mrs. E. J. Hudson and son Vernon, Mr. Green, Miss Lucyle Trimble and Aneil Hoover, all of Des Moines, Mr. and Mrs. E. Trimble, Centerville; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Trimble and family, Marion. A large number of relatives and friends came from Conrad, Whitten and Eldora, where Mrs. Eggleston was well known. Approximately 150 friends from Conrad, Whitten and Eldora were present at the cemetery when the procession arrived.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 25 June 1931, pg 12
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