BRITT HOLMES and WIFE ASPHYXIATED
Two early settlers of Ringgold County, Mr. and Mrs. Britt HOLMES, and their daughter Dee, and son Lee, moved to Creston
in the Spring of 1893. Later they sold their farm in Liberty Township to Chet TRULLINGER. Lee died soon after he
was married. Dee was married and her husband soon died. Later she was married and moved to Omaha, Nebraska.
worked for the CB&Q Railroad company for years, being pensioned when he retired in June, 1933. They put on the wash
water in the wash house just off the back porch as usual and intended to get up in the morning and turn the gas stove
on and do the washing. Then they turned on the gas heater in the bathroom to heat the bath water. Before retiring
they took their baths and changed their clothes, and turned the gas off, they thought, going to bed. This was on
The neighbors noticed their papers pile up on the front porch but thought the couple had probably gone
to Omaha to visit Dee.
On Thursday evening a couple of neighbors got curious and went over to the house. They could
smell gas, and looked in the window and could see Mrs. HOLMES in bed, and Britt lying across the foot as though he
had tried to get up but could not.
The alarm was given and the gas stove in the bathroom was found partly turned off.
Gas was escaping so they knew they had been dead since Sunday night.
LESAN, Mrs. B. M. Early History of Ringgold County: 1844 - 1937 p. 61. Blair Pub. House. Lamoni IA. 1937.
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