MORRISON, Ben 1879-1932
MORRISON, BRUNDAGE, JOHNSON
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Date: 9/7/2015 at 20:57:36
Ben Morrison, Conrad Farmer Suicides This Morning
Killed Himself With Shotgun in Cow Barn About 7 O'clock; Body Was Found 3 Hours Later
Ben Morrison, a farmer living a mile south and a half mile west of Conrad, committed suicide at about 7 o'clock this morning by shooting himself. He used a double barrel shotgun. The muzzle of the gun was held under his chin. He fell backwards on some straw in the cow barn with the gun between his legs.
The body was found three hours later by a member of the family. Mr. Morrison attended to his usual work this morning and gave no intimation to the family what he had in mind. No one heard the discharge of the gun. The boys were at work in the cornfield at the time.
The body was taken to the Alexander funeral parlors in Conrad. The date for the funeral had not been fixed when this paper went to press. Mr. Morrison left no message explaining the reason for the suicide.
Mr. Morrison was 54 years old. He was a son of J. T. Morrison, a long time resident of Conrad and vicinity.
Surviving are the wife, two daughters and two sons. The daughters are Ruby and Arlene. The sons are Hubert, who was married a short time ago and Peter, the youngest of the children, who is 14. Aside from the father there is one surviving brother, Lawrence of Conrad, and three sisters, Mrs. Oscar Tranbarger, Mrs. Guy Coulter and Mrs. Dan Chadwick.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 3 November 1932, pg 1
Ben Morrison Funeral At Conrad Last Friday
Funeral services for the late Benjamin Morrison were held at Conrad last Friday afternoon at the Methodist Episcopal church with Rev. C. K. Hudson in charge. There was a large attendance at the services.
The pallbearers were Fred Bauerle, Fred Prescott, S. B. Rolls, J. Gould, Calvin Crouse and G. B. Ralston.
Benjamin Morrison, son of J. T. and Sarah Frances Brundage Morrison, was born near Bates, Ill., June 12, 1879, and departed this life Nov. 2, 1932, at the age of 53 years, 4 months and 20 days.
He moved to Iowa with his family in 1896. He made his home with his father on a farm southwest of Conrad until his marriage February 17, 1904, to Emma Johnson of Liscomb, Iowa.
His life since then has been spent in farming in this vicinity. He has lived on the farm where the home now is for 22 years, moving there when his father retired and moved to Conrad.
There remain to cherish his memory and to mourn his departure his wife and four children: Ruby L., Hubert B., Keith T. and Aliene E., his father, one brother, J. L. Morrison; three sisters, Mrs. Guy Coulter, Mrs. Dan Chadwick, and Mrs. W. O. Tranbarger all of Conrad, and other relatives and friends.
The heartfelt sympathy of the whole community is extended to the family in this time of sorrow and bereavement. May the God of all grace comfort and sustain them, for He has promised "to give beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness."
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 10 November 1932, pg 4
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