SULLIVAN, Tom 1878-1935
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/8/2016 at 18:52:56
Tom Sullivan Dies While At Work In Haymow
Tom Sullivan, who has been employed as hired man by many different farmers in Grundy county during the past 35 years, died suddenly from heart failure while at work in the haymow at the Emory Davis farm in Lincoln township Monday morning.
He had eaten a hearty breakfast, after which he went out to the barn to finish the morning chores. He had gone up into the haymow to throw down hay and straw for the cattle. It was while he was pushing a forkful of hay towards the opening in the hayloft that he was overcome and he fell forward on the handle of the fork. He was found there about an hour later by Mr. Davis, who looked for him when he saw that the cattle had not been fed.
County Coroner L. D. Coffman was called. He found death resulted from apoplexy brought on by excessive use of alcohol. The body was brought to the Coffman funeral home at Grundy Center. Funeral service conducted by Rev. Fr. Forster were held at the funeral home Wednesday afternoon. Burial was in the Grundy Center cemetery.
Sullivan was about 58 years old. He came here from Champaign, Ill., while a young man and secured work on a farm. He was a steady and industrious workman who always got along well with those whom he served. A brother and sister who are living at Champaign, Ill., were notified of Sullivan's death, but they replied that it was not possible for them to come here to the funeral nor to have the body sent to the former home in Illinois.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 31 January 1935, pg 12
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