VIET, Hilko 1899-1934
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Date: 3/13/2017 at 15:18:41
Hilko Viet Was Buried Monday
The funeral services for Hilko Viet, who ended his own life by taking strychnine last Friday, were held on Monday, the services at the home in Wellsburg being in charge of Rev. Wm. Landsiedel, who spoke in English from the text: "Watch and pray, lest ye fall into temptation."
Rev. D. Siemsen had charge of the funeral services at the Reformed church near Fern, preaching in the German language having for his text Hebrews 9, 27 "As it is appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgement."
May the bereaved be comforted by Him Who is the loving father of widows and the fatherless.
Interment was made in the cemetery of the Siemsen church.
The pall bearers were Jerry Peters, John Snittjer, Chas. Zech, Earl Eygabroad, John Schafer and J. L. Fischer.
Hilko Viet was born July 12, 1899, at Berte, The Netherlands. In 1915 he came with his father, two brothers and a sister to America. They established their home near Fern in Grundy county. In 1921 he was joined in holy wedlock with Martha Lauterbach, which union the Lord blessed with 7 children, of whom one at birth preceded the deceased in death.
On Friday, Nov. 2, he terminated his own life, attaining the age of 35 years, 3 months and 21 days.
By his death the widow and his six minor children have been inexpressibly grieved, as also his father, two brothers, Gerd and Jan Viet, a twin brother of the dead, and his sister, Banke (Mrs. Joe Klapp of Dike, Iowa), besides many relatives and friends.
--Wellsburg Herald (Wellsburg, Iowa), 7 November 1934, pg 1
Wellsburg Man Suicides With Strychnine
Hilko Viet, a Wellsburg truck driver, committed suicide last Friday forenoon by taking strychnine. He was found in a grain bin adjoining the office at the stockyards at Wellsburg. He was found by John Snittjer, a stockbuyer, who after coming into the office heard groans from an adjoining room and on opening the door found Viet struggling in the feed bin. When asked what was the matter he pointed to his mouth and his vest pocket where later a small bottle three-fourths full of strychnine was found. Mr. Snittjer called to Jerry Peters, who was near by, to get a doctor. When Dr. Ford, local Wellsburg physician, arrived Viet was at the point of death and nothing could be done to save him.
Viet had made a trip to Parkersburg Friday morning where he bought the bottle of poison. About a year ago he took a quantity of strychnine, but it was an overdose and he recovered from it.
County Coroner L. D. Coffman was notified. He advised that they take the body home where he later made an examination and decided a formal inquest was not necessary. Viet left no explanation which would account for him taking his life.
Hilko Viet was 35 years old. He came to this country from Holland about twelve years ago and for a number of years worked on a farm in Beaver township. He was married there. His wife and six small children survive. During the past five years he and his family lived in Wellsburg where Viet engaged in trucking. His father, two brothers and one sister are living on a farm near Stout.
Funeral services were held at the home Monday and later at the Reformed church. Rev. Wm. Landsiedel officiated at the service. Burial was in the Siemsen church cemetery.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 8 November 1934, pg 1
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