FREESE, Dena 1878-1902
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/18/2017 at 08:56:35
A Sad Death
Miss Dena Freese of Holland, Dies of Lockjaw
Miss Dena Freese, daughter of ex-Sheriff and Mrs. Asjen Freese, died at their home in Holland at one o'clock Tuesday morning, April 22, 1902, after several days of suffering from lock-jaw which resulted from stepping on a nail.
About three weeks ago while at the home of her sister, Mrs. George Peters, in Pleasant Valley township, Miss Dena was gathering eggs in the evening and on coming down from the hay mow jumped from a ladder to the ground striking a rusty nail so that it penetrated her foot to such a depth that it was removed with considerable difficulty. She went to the house and home remedies were applied to the wound which appeared to heal nicely for a few days. After a time however the foot and ankle became stiff and swollen and on Sunday, April 13, considerable annoyance was experienced because of not being able to use the jaws freely, and Drs. Malarky & Harold were consulted. That night the patient suffered with convulsions and symptoms of the terrible disease developed rapidly. All that was possible was done for the comfort of the patient but at intervals she suffered untold agony and for several days her life was despaired of. Shortly after midnight her spirit departed from the pain-tortured body and Dena Freese was at rest.
Deceased was born in Pleasant Valley township, Grundy county, Iowa, and in this county has spent her short life. During her father's term of office of sheriff she lived in Grundy Center and during her stay here made many friends who with her former associates and acquaintances deeply regret her untimely demise. The family have the sincere sympathy of a large circle of friends in their great affliction.
Funeral services will be held at the Lutheran church in Holland Thursday at twelve o'clock, p.m., Rev. Saalborn of Holland and Rev. C. H. Marsh of Grundy Center officiating.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 24 April 1902, pg 5
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