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COPE, Ira W. (1865-1929)


Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 11/22/2018 at 23:41:14

Ira Warren Cope
(August 7, 1865 – July 15, 1929)

Pioneer Records, Ida Grove, Iowa, Thurs., July 18, 1929, p.2, col.4
Hand Car Jumps Track Fatally Injuring Ira Cope Near Tekamah
Tuesday morning Sioux City Journal carried the account of the tragic death of Ira Warren Cope, a former citizen of Ida Grove, some twenty years ago.
Death visited the vicinity of the cloudburst five miles south of Tekamah, Neb., a second time within two days, Monday evening when Ira Warren Cope, 64 years old, a section hand of Sioux City, fell off a hand car and was crushed to death.
Cope, with John Johnson, of Blair, Neb., section boss, and several other men were riding toward Tekamah from where they had been repairing the washed out section of the railroad tracks that Sunday morning cost the life of Charles Henkie, 1710 Twenty-fourth street. The handcar jumped the track and Cope, was thrown in front of the wheels and was run over, his body being badly crushed. Johnson and the other man who was riding on the car were slightly hurt.
Cope was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., August 7, 1865, and lived there for several years. He then moved to Ida Grove, Iowa. Twenty-three years ago he came to Sioux City. The deceased had been employed by the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha railroad for about 10 years. He worked on the Blair, Neb. Section.
Surviving Mr. Cope are four sons, Ira Cope, 1417 Fairview boulevard, and Ralph Cope of 3400 Park View boulevard, Roy and John Cope of Ida Grove, Iowa and five daughters: Mrs. Albert Urban, Mrs. Owen Fowler, both of Ida Grove; Mrs. Frank Scott [Spotts] of New York City, Mrs. William White of Moline Ill, and Mrs. Fern Gray of Ewing, Ind. He is also survived by eighteen grandchildren.

Sioux City Journal, Sioux City, Iowa, Wed. July 17, 1929, p.8, col.5
Funeral Rites Section Hand to Be Today
Funeral services for Ira Warren Cope, 64 years old, a section hand of Sioux City who was killed Monday evening when he fell off a hand car and his body was crushed, will be held at 2 o’clock this afternoon at Westcott Funeral Home. The services will be conducted by Rev. M. J. Jones and burial will be in Floyd Cemetery. His sons will act as pallbearers.


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