submitted by Neal Carter, November 28, 2007

Orono Briefs
July 18, 1897 (hand written)

Conesville, Iowa, July 21. – Our community was greatly shocked by the sudden death of ABRAHAM C. GEDNEY at his home on Sunday evening, the 18th inst. He was taken about 6 o’clock with violent convulsions, during which his mind was clear, and during a remission he told a neighbor who had been called in that he had gotten a dose and was poisoned. He died within one-half or one hour after first attacked. It was deemed advisable by the citizens and family to have an inquest, and Coroner King was accordingly notified and held an inquest on Monday morning with Ira Owen, A. L. Bliven and Thomas Pomeroy as jurors, who after hearing the evidence, decided that death was caused by strychnine.

Mr. Gedney had resided on the farm where he died for 32 years and in the county for 40 years; was born in New York on Long Island in 1827, being over 70 years old; was married to Jane Kellow in 1850. Ten children were born to them, six of whom survive to mourn the loss of a kind and loving father. Mrs. Gedney had preceded him to the other world in 1893. He came to Lee county, Iowa with his parents when about 10 years old. He was a member of the Reformed church and had been acting as elder until he resigned. He was a good neighbor, quiet and orderly citizen and hard worker. In horticulture few aside from experts had a better knowledge of fruits and their culture, as his well kept grounds and great varieties, that brought a large yield, will attest. The funeral was held in the Reform church by Rev. Fouse, and in spite of the threatening weather the church was crowded by friends and neighbors who had come to pay their last sad respects to a kind neighbor. There were a number of beautiful floral offerings. Interment took place in Brockway cemetery. We extend heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.

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