CLARK, Elmer 1876-1935
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/9/2016 at 07:21:30
Elmer Clark Hangs Himself In Hayloft Friday Morning
Elmer Clark committed suicide Friday morning by hanging himself in the hayloft at his place two miles southwest of Grundy Center. He was believed to have been mentally unbalanced when the deed was committed. He left the house after breakfast about 7 o'clock and wasn't seen alive by anyone after that time. A few hours later the family looked for him and they found him suspended from a hay carrier track at the rear of the hay loft. He had stepped off a ladder leading up into the hay loft after he had fastened the noose about his neck. His feet were about two feet above the straw underneath him. He had been dead about two hours when his body was found.
County Coroner L. D. Coffman was notified and took care of the body. The coroner did not regard a coroner's jury necessary as it was evident that the man met death by his own hands.
Clark on different occasions had threatened to take his life but the threats were not taken seriously.
Clark was 59 years old. He came here from Hardin county about six years ago and was employed as a farm hand. He was a widower at the time. About two years ago he was married to Mrs. Fred Bloxham and resided with his wife and her family on the Bloxham farm since that time.
Elmer Clark was born in Millerstown, Pa., August 23, 1876. For several years he was engaged in farming near Granger, Minn. His first wife died there and she is buried at Granger.
Surviving are his second wife, one son and two daughters from the first marriage.
Funeral services were held in the Methodist church in Grundy Center Monday afternoon with Rev. J. B. Bird in charge. Burial was in the Grundy Center cemetery.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 17 October 1935, pg 1
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