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Criswell, Wilbur Arthur 1896-1929


Posted By: Viv Reeves (email)
Date: 5/5/2005 at 16:54:58

From the LeMars Sentinel, Tuesday, July 2, 1929 (Page 1, Column 1):
Wilbur Criswell Found in Barn With His Skull Crushed
Injured Man Never Regains Consciousness After Accident

Wilbur Criswell, well known and prominent young farmer, of Elgin township, was the victim of an accident Friday night which cost him his life. He was kicked on the head by a horse, his skull being fractured, and died a few hours later without regaining consciousness.

Mr. Criswell went to the barn on his place after supper to turn the horses into the pasture. Some time later Mrs. Criswell went to the barn and found her husband lying unconscious in the barn behind a horse. His skull was fractured at the base of the brain on the back of his head and his shoulder was bruised. Mrs. Criswell secured help and summoned a physician. The injured man was conveyed to the Sacred Heart hospital where he died early Saturday morning.
Born in Cedar County

Wilbur Criswell, youngest son of Wm. Criswell and Anna Marcue Criswell, was born at Tipton, Cedar county, Iowa, on October 24, 1896, and died at the Sacred Heart hospital in LeMars on June 29, 1929, aged 32 years, 6 (actually 8) months, and 5 days. Death followed an accident on his farm when he was hurt by a horse and never regained consciousness to tell how it happened. Wilbur was one year old when he came with his parents to Oyens vicinity where they lived for three years. At that time they moved to their present home near Seney. He was married on December 23*, 1920, to Miss Lila Darville and they have made their home on the Edward Rees farm south of Seney. To this union one daughter, Lavonne, was born, who with his wife, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Criswell, and one brother, Bert, of this vicinity, mourn his loss. He leaves a number of uncles and aunts and a host of friends who mourn with his relatives.

Funeral services were held at the Seney church on Monday, July 1, at 2 p.m. Rev. M. L. Metcalf had charge of the services. Burial was made in the LeMars cemetery. Pallbearers were Floyd Moore, Floyd Becker, Allen and Glen Hinde, Dwight Riter and Marshall Rees.

His death has cast a gloom over the community where he spent almost all his life and was well known and well liked.

(*Wilbur and Lila's wedding anniversary was actually December 22, according to the wedding record presented by Lila in order to obtain her delayed birth certificate.)

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