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SHELLER, Paul Ernest 1946-1951

SHELLER, BARLEY

Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 2/28/2019 at 18:46:56

Five Year Old Boy Drowns In Pool of Water

Paul Ernest, Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sheller, Meets Tragic Death Near His Home

Tragedy that is heartbreaking to the family and to an entire neighborhood came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sheller when their son Paul Ernest, who would have been 5 years old on December 20th, slipped into a pool of water and was drowned when his mother lifted him from the water.

The accident happened about 40 rods north of the Sheller home a mile and a half north of the Ivester church Saturday forenoon. Paul and his brother Keith, 7 years old, were playing near the pool of water, which was a tile outlet. They were throwing stones in the water. Paul got too close to the edge of the pool and he slipped into the water. His brother Keith tried to get him out, but he was unable to do so. Keith then rushed to the house to call his mother. Paul's body was near the surface of the pool when his mother stepped into the ice-cold water up to her waist to remove him. Mr. Sheller was picking corn some distance in the field. He was called and the frantic parents took Paul to the office of Dr. Kienzle at Wellsburg. The doctor was out of town at the time and the parents then drove to the hospital at Elora, where all attempts to revive the boy failed.

The body of the little boy was taken to the Beving funeral home in Wellsburg where it was prepared for burial.

Funeral services were held at the Ivester church Tuesday afternoon and there was a very large attendance at the services. Services were conducted by Rev. Walter Heisey. Burial was in the Sheller cemetery near the home of the bereaved family. Casketbearers were Lawrence Pence, D. L. Butler, Basil Snyder and John Murdock.

Paul Sheller was born on the Sheller farm and spent all of his life there. He was a fine boy and was beloved by all who knew him.

Surviving are his parents, his brother Keith, 7, and a younger brother, Dan, 2, the youngest in the family. Other survivors are four grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Sheller who live next door to their son Charles and family, and Mrs. Sheller's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer Barley from Sebring, Florida.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 8 November 1951, pg 1


 

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