Obit: Stiefvater, George #2 (1900 - 1942)

 

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Surnames: Stiefvater, Steinwand, Kitzhaber, Morgan

 

----Source: Spencer Record, Spencer, Wis.) 01/29/1942

 

Stiefvater, George (1900 - 24 JAN 1942)

 

 

TOWN OF COLBY MAN TAKES OWN LIFE BY MONOXIDE

 

George Stiefvater, aged 41, took his own life Saturday afternoon in the town of Warner by carbon monoxide.  The deceased had been employed at the George Steinwand farm in the town of Colby as a farm hand and resided there with his wife and children.  He had been in ill health and was reported as despondent because of unemployment.  Unable to make arrangements to rent the farm Stiefvater ceased his employment Thursday of last week and with his family drove to the farm home of his fatherinlaw, Lawrence A. Kitzhaber where they were to make their temporary home.  He went with a trailer to move his furniture and had throuble with the trailer which he left on the highway.  He stopped his car in the town of Warner, cut an inner tube and attached one end around the exhaust pipe of the car, taking the other end into the car.  He stuffed the opening in the window with rags and seated himself in the back seat waiting for death to come.  The car was found about 5 o’clock Saturday afternoon with its dead occupant.  A doctor was summoned from Greenwood who called the coroner.

 

The deceased is survived by his wife and four children; his father, three brothers and five sisters.  Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at Greenwood.

 

George Stiefvater was formerly employed on the W. E. Morgan farm in Unity, but was let go last fall when he went to work on the Steinwand farm in town of Colby.

  

 

 


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