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Clearfield Enterprise
Clearfield, Iowa
December 21, 1916

OBITUARY ~ DEAN ROBERTS

Must people here have seen old Dean Roberts, the house mover. He was a remarkable man physically, 6 feet, 3 inches high and weighing 220 pounds. He was a confederate teamster in war times, and kept up hard work to the time of his death last Saturday, aged 87 years. Roberts boasted that he had not slept in a bed in over twenty years, and could drink a quart of whiskey a day.

The Mount Ayr Dispatch telling of his death says that he was crushed by a fifty ton beam, which fell upon him when the coupling pin broke in the wagon while going downhill . He was moving it at the time. Roberts called for a repetition of "When You and I Were Young Maggie," when it was played on a Victrola in a restaurant not long ago, saying "It touches my heart, seeing I'm going to die in a few days."

Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, June of 2011

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