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Prall, John Bert (1868-1926)


Posted By: Carl Malone (email)
Date: 6/16/2017 at 17:53:29

The Atlantic News Telegraph
Atlantic, Iowa
December 27, 1926


Body found in Dining Room of Elks Club at 3:30 Yesterday Afternoon. Funeral Wednesday.

John Bert Prall, known in the county where he has spent his life as “Bert” Prall, one time member of the Atlantic city council and one of the best known men in this territory, was found dead at the Elks club house, Poplar and Fifth streets, about 3:30 yesterday afternoon, a victim of apoplexy.

As near as can be determined, he had been dead since Friday night. When found, the body was on the floor of the dining room of the club, which is in the basement of the building, near the north wall and partly hidden by mallet tables.

City Councilman Charles Jensen discovered the body when he went to the washroom of the club on the basement floor. He saw a hat, and investigating, discovered what he thought was a sleeping man. Custodian Dick Loy investigated further and discovered Mr. Prall dead.

Left Home Friday Evening.

Mr. Prall left his home, 501 Oak street, Friday evening. Just what time he went to the Elks club is not known, but some of the members saw him come in during the evening. He was not seen alive after that and was not at his home Friday or Saturday nights.

So far as known, he had not been ill and did not complain of feeling badly. His brother, George H. Prall was with him Friday afternoon and says Mr. Prall was apparently in good health at that time.

Born in Grove Township.

Deceased was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Prall, pioneers of the county, and was born in Grove township on Feb. 28, 1868. He farmed for many years and in 1918 moved to Atlantic, building a new home at Fifth and Hazel streets, which he sold about a year ago to Postmaster A. A. Ernigh and moved to the house at 501 Oak street where he lived at the time of his death.

He served as a member of the city council in 1922 and 1923, being elected in the spring of 1922 as one of the two councilmen at large here. He is survived by his widow, who was Miss Elsie McKnight, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John B. McKnight, and eight children. The children are Robert M. Prall, George B. Prall, Harold J. Prall, Kenneth Prall; Mrs. Hazel Anderson, wife of Howard Anderson; Mrs. Mildred Cook, wife of Todd Cook; Dean Prall, and Raymond Prall.

All the children except Kenneth live in this vicinity. Kenneth lives in Des Moines. There also are two brothers and three sisters. The brothers are George B. Prall and T. W. Prall of this city. The sisters are Mrs. R. R. Bell of Jefferson, Ia.; Mrs. Thomas Carter, of Glencoe, Okla., and Mrs. Milt Darling of Sioux City.

Mr. Prall was a member of the Elks and I. O. O. F. organizations.

Funeral Wednesday.

Funeral services are to be held at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the Elks club, the Rev. L. A. Spooner of the First Congregational church officiating, and interment will be in the Atlantic Cemetery.

NOTE FROM CONTRIBUTOR: John Prall was born February 28, 1868 and died December 25, 1926

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