The Ringgold Record, 1897
WM. SCHLAPIA OF BENTON TOWNSHIP KILLED BY A HAYSTACKER
Entire Paralysis of the Body is Caused
--Death Results on Friday--
Funeral Services Conducted Sunday by
Rev. G. N. THOMPSON of Delphos.
Wm. SCHLAPIA, a farmer living near Benton in Benton township, died Friday at 4:30 p.m., as the result of injuries received by
the falling of a haystacker.
Mr. SCHLAPIA, his son Perry, and his brother-in-law, James JARMAN, were stacking hay Wednesday
afternoon at the former's farm. They were using a stacker of Mr. Schlapia's own make, which consisted of a large pole
26 feet long, held in position by guy ropes, and with a large [illegible] pulley at the top. As Perry was about to trip the
fork. on of the guy ropes gave way, and the pole fell over, and the pully striking Mr. SCHLAPIA on the back of the head as it
descended. A deep gash was cut several inches long, and he was rendered unconscious, but was restored by pouring cold water
on his head. He was then taken home and medical aid summoned, but it was of little avail. His body was completely paralyzed by
the blow, with the exception of the head and organs of speech. He remained conscious until his death, which occurred Friday
afternoon at 4 o'clock.
The funeral services were held Sunday at 11 o'clock at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. G. N.
THOMPSON, pastor of the United Evangelical church in Delphos. The interment was made in the Benton cemetery. The services were
in charge of Ringgold Lodge No. 570, I. O. O. F. of which he was a member. The Mt. Ayr and Delphos lodges, and members from
Blockton, Diagonal and Knowlton were present. Many friends were also present to show the respect and esteem in which the deceased
Mr. SCHLAPIA was born Dec. 26, 1855, in St. Joseph county, Michigan, and early removed to Iowa with his parents. He
married Miss Nancy M. JARMAN, April 20, 1879, and to this union were born seven children, all of whom are living. His death will
be deeply mourned by a loving wife and children, his parents, a sister and three brothers, whom have much sympathy accorded them
in this hour of bereavement.
NOTE: Nancy M. (JARMAN) SCHLAPIA was born in 1859, and died in 1930 with interment beside
her husband at Benton Cemetery, Benton, Ringgold County, Iowa.
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