Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa
Thursday, August 3, 1933
BLOCKTON MAN IS FOUND DEAD
C. V. FORDYCE IS FOUND UNDER WAGON
C[orbly] V[incent] FORDYCE, 60, resident of Blockton, was found dead at one of his farms west of Blockton
He had gone to the farm to haul a load of corn and in some manner the load rolled back
into a ditch to upset, pinning him beneath. His neck was broken and his back injured, death resulting
It is believed he had been dead about 24 hours when his body was found. It had been his custom
to stay all night at the farm with his son, Roy FORDYCE, at times, so when he did not return to Blockton
Monday evening, his wife was not especially concerned; and the son believed his father had returned to
Blockton. His continued absence from home led to a search that revealed the tragedy.
Sheriff Tom LACY, accompanied by Acting County Coroner Willis PAUL and County Attorney Roger WARIN, went to
the scene of the accident, but decided an inquest was not needed.
A team of mules used by Fordyce was found loose in a field nearby. It is believed they had been unhitched
from the wagon while the corn was being loaded and that the loaded wagon had started rolling back, FORDYCE
attempting to hold it from upsetting as it went toward a ditch.
Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock this afternoon in the Methodist church at Blockton and burial was in
the Rose Hill cemetery [near Blockton].
Surviving are Mrs. FORDYCE and three children, LeRoy "Roy" FORDYCE, Blockton, and daughters, Garland and
Vivian, at home.
Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa
Thursday, August 10, 1933
SERVICES HELD FOR C. V. FORDYCE
C. V. FORDYCE, 60, was found dead at his farm near Blockton Monday, July 31. The funeral services were held
at the Methodist church in Blockton Thursday afternoon conducted by Rev. W. H. WARRIOR. Burial was in the
Rose Hill cemetery [near Blockton].
He was born in Taylor County July 17, 1873, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. [Sylvia (GROVE) BEARD] Leroy
FORDYCE. He was left fatherless at the age of three and one half years. A part of his boyhood was spent with
his grandfather [Jacob] REED. Later he moved with his mother and stepfather, Will BROWN, to Worth County,
Mo., where he grew to young manhood.
In 1897 he was married to Miss Della [Austa Fidella] DAVIDSON and
they moved to a farm near Blockton, where they have since resided. Four children were born to them, Leroy,
Crystal, who died in 1929, Garland and Vivian at home. Surviving with the wife and children are three
grandchildren, Naomi, Francis, and Eldon Lynn; two sisters, Mrs. Ophie BISHOP of Weldona, Colo., and Mrs.
Clara OSTRANDER of Redding; two brothers, Wade BROWN of Aurelia, Iowa, and J. C. BROWN of Ideal, S. Dak. He
was a member of the Methodist church.
Mrs. Ophie BISHOP of Weldona, Colo., arrived Thursday morning to attend the funeral of her brother, C. V. FORDYCE.
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