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SIMON, Ernest (1885-1940)


Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 4/2/2020 at 23:53:40

Ernest Simon
(December 25, 1885 – December 7, 1940)

Ida Grove Pioneer Record, Ida Grove, IA, Thurs., Dec 12, 1940, p.1, col.8
Ernest Simon, 54, Fatally Burned In Home Accident; Lives Only Five Hours; Dies In Hospital Here
Fumes from Kerosene container ignited while starting fire in stove
Ernest Simon, 54, living north of Ida Grove near the city limits, early Saturday morning suffered fatal burns when kerosene fumes became ignited while the victim was holding a two-gallon container over a kitchen stove. Simon suffered third degree burns. He was rushed to the Ida Grove hospital. He died at 11:30 about five hours after the accident.
Clothing On Fire
His wife and daughter, Wanita, 16, also suffered burns. Their burns, however, were not serious. Mrs. Simon was burned on the right arm, while Wanita suffered burns about the face and hands. At the time of the accident, Simon was alone in the kitchen. He had started the fire in the cook stove as was his custom each morning and went out of doors. Upon his return to the house, he discovered that the fire was not burning. After raising the lid off of the stove he picked up the container. The can suddenly burst into flames.
Rushed To Aid
His wife rushed into the room and was burned when attempting to put out the flames. The victim’s clothes were engulfed in flames and the blaze spread throughout the room. The kitchen was badly charred. Curtains and floor were badly burned. The daughter suffered burns when she dashed into the room to get her brother, Joe. Joe was not burned. Simon was rushed to the hospital by Leonard Christensen, a neighbor.
Born In 1885
Ernest Simon, son of Rudolph and Florence Simon was born at Paris, Missouri, December 25, 1885. He lived in Missouri until he was 30 years of age. As a boy he was baptized in the Baptist church. In 1907 he was united in marriage to Alma Irwin also of Paris, Mo. In 1919 the family came to Iowa and lived in the vicinity of Ida Grove, since that time with the exception of four year. Six children were born to this union. Surviving are his widow and 6 children, Mrs. Monroe Brown of Graceton, Minn., Ralph, William, Lucille, Wanita and Joseph, also two brothers, Henry Simon, Paris, Mo; Ollie Simon of Hollywood, Calif., and one sister, Mrs. Pauline Smithey of Paris, Mo.. There are seven grandchildren, Ramona, Edith, Rita, Nona Ann, Monroe, Stanley, and Barton Brown of Gracetown, Minn.
Funeral Monday
Funeral services were held at Hudgel’s Funeral Home Monday at 2 p.m., with Rev. H. E. Whyte officiating. Interment was made in the Ida Grove cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ford, Mrs. Wm. Lorenzen and Hugh Ford sang, “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Sunrise Tomorrow” and “Abide With Me,” accompanied by Mrs. Stanley J. Mead. The pallbearers were, Fred Ford, Robt. Clark, Roy Clapsaddle. Those attending the funeral from out of town were: Mrs. Ed. Terril, Mrs. John Smithey and Henry Simon of Paris, Mo; Warren, Paul and Perry Irwin of Newton and college friends of the son: William, Arthur Thompson, Lyle Hullinger, Abner Yokum, Morris Simmonds, Huck Finney, Leon Paggsclale, Clarence Dinkla and Eugene Easter, all of Ames


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