Decatur County Journal

September 5, l907

VENICE CREVELING Fell Beneath the Wheels of a Heavily Loaded Wagon and

Death Results.

VENICE, the ten-year-old daughter of MR. and MRS. C. CREVELING, who

reside two miles east of Lamoni, fell beneath a wagon heavily loaded

with lumber last Saturday evening about 7 o'clock and died ten minutes

later as a result of the terrible injuries received.

The little girl and her brother had gone to town with their father for a

load of lumber and on the way home the two children were jumping on and

off the low wheeled wagon.

In either alighting from or trying to climb back onto the wagon she lost

her footing and fell beneath the wheels on the right side and the rear

wheel of the heavily loaded vehicle passed over her head. The wagon was

quickly halted and as the frantic father gathered the little form from

the road, she moaned "Papa, take me home," and then passed away in a few

minutes. Dr. Bertha A. Greer was summoned from Lamoni but could do

nothing as the child was dead when the physician arrived.

The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the family

residence. The funeral was largely attended.




born Dec. 8, l896, at the old CREVELING home near Lamoni, where she

lived with her parents to the time of her death, which occurred Aug. 3l,

l907, by falling from her father's load of lumber and being crushed by

the wheel of the wagon. The only words she spoke were, "Papa, take me


By faith we are assured that the good Father hastened to this mournful

plea and received the spirit to give it light and immortality and

forever to dwell in that blest land where flowers, youth and beauty will

never fade. We rely in the promise of Him who said: "Suffer little

children to come unto me, for of such is the kindgom."

The funeral was from the home Sunday evening at 4 o'clock, conducted in

the grove near the dwelling by Rev. Frank Spurrier of the Baptist

Church. The remarks were very appropriate, from the text: "Watch

therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of

Man cometh."--Matt. 25:l3. The funeral was largely attended with many

sad hearts and sympathizing friends who with words and flowers paid

their last tribute to all that was left of the mortaled innocence of the

loved one. May the word of the Lord come to those sorrowing ones as in

Abram's vision, saying, "Fear not; I am thy shield." Submissive then

may they reply: "Thy will be done."

This lovely bud, so young and fair,

Called hence by early doom,

Just came to show how sweet a flower

In Paradise could bloom.

Thou no more will join our number;

Thou no more sorrows know;

Yet again we hope to meet thee,

When this toiling life is done.



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