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HETH, Benjamin 1876-1949


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 10/26/2016 at 12:54:56

Heat Kills Ben Heth In Field

Benjamin Heth, 73, a long-time resident of the Morrison community, died suddenly Monday forenoon from a heat stroke and heart attack. He was assisting in harvesting and operating the grain binder on the Wumkes farm south of Morrison when in the last round before dinner he fell backward from the seat and was found dead. While advanced in age and not in robust health, Mr. Heth had not complained of any illness and had been going about as usual.

"Ben" Heth as he was familiarly known in the community, was born in Benton county on June 16, 1876, the son of William H. and Irene Stewart Heth. His boyhood and youth were spent in Benton county. When about 20 years of age he came to the Morrison community where he was employed by several farmers of the neighborhood.

On August 8, 1898, Mr. Heth was united in marriage with Annie Wilson of Morrison, and the couple last August observed their 50th wedding anniversary. After their marriage the couple spent a summer in Kossuth county, but returned to Morrison for a time. Later they lived in Woodworth, North Dakota, and farmed for five or six years also in South Dakota. Returning to Iowa Mr. and Mrs. Heth lived in the Beaman and Green Mountain communities, being employed mostly in farm work. During the last 25 or 30 years the couple has lived in and around Morrison where they lived in their own modest home. During most of his life, Mr. Heth had been engaged in farm work, and during the last few years had made himself useful in odd jobs in the village and community.

Besides his widow, Mr. Heth is survived by a son and a daughter. They are Ray Heth of Rock Island, Ill., and Hazel, Mrs. Emmett Cole of Terre Haute, Indiana. There are also eight grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren. In earlier years Mr. Heth had been affiliated with the Baptist church and was a man of honest dependable character.

Funeral services are being held this Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Morrison Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. Christian Haupt of Reinbeck, but serving as supply pastor of the Morrison church. Burial will take place in the Washington township cemetery south of Morrison.

Friends acting as pall-bearers were J. Harold Miller, Friend Miller, Bob Miller, Carl Mulder, Ray Maddox and John Needham.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 28 July 1949, sec 2, pg 1


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