The Death of Mrs. Lena Daggy

Submitted by Kathy Foote, June 1, 2012.
Page created June 7, 2012 by Lynn McCleary.
Reformatted September, 2013 by Ralph Leonard.


Ira Miller, 18, of Ankeny, today is expected to surrender himself to Sheriff John F. Griffin for arrest on an information charging him with manslaughter as a result of the death Saturday night of Mrs. Lena Daggy, who was slain in an automobile collision that demolished a buggy in which she was riding. Frank Daggy, husband of the dead woman, filed the information. He was riding in the buggy when the wreck occurred. Miller is said to have shot his machine into the darkness and disappeared after the accident. Miller is the son of William Miller of Ankeny, a wealthy farmer. The Des Moines News, Sept. 3, 1914.


Mrs. Lena Daggy of Ankeny came to her death from the reckless driving of Ira Miller according to the decision of a jury sitting at the Inquest over Mrs. Lena Daggy at the court house yesterday. No recommendation was made by the jury since Miller is already under arrest and charged with manslaughter. Ten witnesses were called and on the request of Millers attorney the hearing was private. The Des Moines News, Sept. 4, 1914


Another Element Insists Prosecution for Death of Mrs. Daggy be continued.

Two delegations of residents of Ankeny have called upon County Attorney Thomas Guthrie, one of them to urge him to drop the prosecution of Ira Miller, 18, charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Mrs. Daggy, and the other to ask him to proceed.

Feeling between the faction friendly to Miller and those opposed to him is said to be bitter.

Mrs. Daggy, the wife of Guy Daggy, was killed on the night of Saturday August 29 when a buggy the pair riding in was struck by a speeding automobile on a lonely road near Ankeny and demolished. Young Miller is accused of being the driver of the machine.

The coroner's jury that investigated the death returned a verdict shortly after Miller's release on Bond, finding that Miller's automobile caused the death of Mrs. Daggy, and that he was driving in a reckless and unlawful manner with dim light.

Ten witnesses were examined. William Miller, the county attorney said, broke down and confessed under examination that he had prepared a false story of the party's moves of last Saturday night, helping to escape detection. Unknown source.

Damages of $20,000 are demanded of Ira and William Miller and Roy Wagner in a suit filed in the district court at Des Moines by Guy O. Daggy. The defendants are alleged to have caused the death of the plaintiff's wife, Lena Daggy. She was killed in an automobile accident on a road between Des Moines and Ankeny several weeks ago. The Oelwein Daily Register December 17, 1914

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