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Carl Owen Secrist

SECRIST, GRANDLE, TOMLINSON, BERRY, BEACH, ROBERTS, HANSCOM

Posted By: CJeanealogy (email)
Date: 9/22/2017 at 20:53:02

The Marion Sentinel Thursday June 20, 1940
At 1:20 o'clock yesterday afternoon while hauling a load of hay to the barn on his farm, Carl Secrist, prominent Marion township farmer, was suddenly stricken with a heart attack. As he lost consciousness and started to fall, his grip on the tractor swerved the machine toward the fence. Chas. Grandle was riding with him on the tractor fender, and the hired man was riding on the load of hay the tractor was hauling.
The impetus ahead threw the stricken man clear of the tractor wheels, but directly in front of the heavily-loaded wagon, but as he fell he landed lengthwise in the wagon's course, and though the load passed completely over him, there was not a scratch or bruise on his body.
Grandle grabbed the tractor wheel and stopped the machine as soon as possible, and while the hired man ran to the house for help Grandle watched the helpless man take a few breaths and expire.
Mr. Secrist had been a tremendous worker all his life, and had been a sufferer from what was considered chronic stomach trouble, but had never complained of a heart ailment. He only recently had recovered the use of a severely-burned hand.
Carl Owen Secrist was born on the farm where he died on June 22, 1884, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Secrist. He was married to Maude Grandle, thus uniting two pioneer Linn count families. One daughter, now Mrs. Dorothy Tomlinson, of Rockford, Ill., and one grandson are left to comfort the wife and mother. The aged father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Secrist of Marion, one brother, Earl Secrist, southeast of Springville, and four sisters, Mrs. Susan Berry of near Marion, Mrs. Bertha Beach, of Solon, Mrs. Julia B. Roberts, of Atkins and Mrs. Ruby Hanscom, of Marion, complete a family circle which had remained unbroken for nearly sixty-two years until this death occurred.
Mr. Secrist was widely-known as one of the county's ablest farmers, had served his township as trustee and as member of the school board, and was highly regarded as one of the substantial men of the community. He was a member of the Marion Methodist church.
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at four o'clock from the Yocom chapel, in charge of the Rev. A.W. Henke, pastor of the Methodist church. Interment will be made in Cedar Memorial park.

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