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Elmer Edson Barcus
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Birth: Oct. 24, 1889
Fulton County
Illinois, USA
Death: Oct. 28, 1968
Wapello County
Iowa, USA

Added this story to Elmer as he was involved.

Wayne County Democrat
Thursday July 24, 1918


Triple Tragedy Northeast of Fremont

Doctor Osborne and Rev. Bruner Go To Rescue Boy Scout and Are Rendered Helpless,—All Bodies are Recovered.

Fremont, July 24—Claude Millikin, aged 14 years, son of A. W. Millikin residing east of town, Dr. L. A. Osborne, dentist of this place and Rev. W.E. Bruner pastor and Rev., Baptist Church of Fremont are dead the result of drowning in Skunk river northeast of here this morning.

Go Down Together.

Millikin was in distress and called for help. Dr. Osborne went to the assistance of the lad by whom he was encumbered. He could not swim and he called for help. Rev. Bruner a good swimmer plunged to the relief of the two struggling in the stream and was by them pulled down. All three went to their death together. The bodies were received together from a depth of seven feet of water.

Lad in First.

Doctor, Osborne, Scout master, took a part of twelve lads of Fremont and vicinity, members of the Boy Scouts of America to the woods on a hike and camping trip. The Millikin lad was supposed to be a good swimmer, so it is said. He went in for a bath before breakfast but encountered trouble of some kind. A lad named Charles McVeigh was on the bank and heard Millikin calling but supposed he was only shouting some instructions. Millikin did not appear to be in any distress at the time. Doctor Osborne later noted the lad's struggle and plunged in the water to bring him out. The Doctor was rendered helpless in his efforts and Rev. Bruner struck out and reached the struggling pair but they seized him and all went down together.

Bodies Recovered.

The alarm was given by others of the party and assistance was soon brought. The drowning occurred about 7:30 o'clock. The bodies were rescued about two hours later by Ralph Myers and Walter Ollman. They first hooked the body of the boy and ten minutes later the bodies of the doctor and minister were rescued.

Help From Oskaloosa

All efforts at restoration failed, as the bodies had been in the water too long. Soon after the word of the accident reached here, help was called from Oskaloosa and the coroner was notified.

The pulmotor from Oskaloosa was hurried to the scene and the Hospital ambulance was also called into service. The place where the accident occurred is on the John Miller farm about five miles northeast from the town.


Doctor J. Fred Jarvis was seriously injured this forenoon when his car turned over on Keokuk County line road. His back is badly wrenched and he sustained a fracture of the clavicle.

The doctor was en route to the scene of the drowning northeast of Fremont when the accident occurred. Assistance was given almost immediately and the injured physician was soon en route home in another car in charge of physicians.

Doctor Jarvis was carrying the pulmotor and was accompanied by Coroner Chessman. Near Fremont they picked up a lad named Elmer Barcus to show the way. He knew the road and the locality. As the car was moving at a high rate of speed it came to a place in the road where a new concrete culvert had been placed and the approach left unfilled and without protection of any kind. The doctor applied his brakes but could not stop his car, and when he hit the place where the road made a detour his car turned over.

Cheesman was little injured. He was lying underneath with the doctor and the car was on top. Barcus says he don't know what happened to him, where he lit or how far he was thrown. He says the first he recollected he was at the car with a fence rail trying to find a place for leverage to lift the weight from the men beneath. He succeeded in lifting the car enough to permit the men to crawl out.

All the physicians in Fremont were at the scene of the drowning and Doctor Jarvis had to call for help from Oskaloosa. Doctor S. W. Clark was with him before Dr. Krout of Fremont arrived.—Oskaloosa Herald.

***According to Big Grove by Keith Dinsmore, after the funeral for all at Guy Roof's home, Rev. Bruner was taken to Louisville KY for burial
Elmer was a Deputy Sheriff of Wapello County and served as Steward of the Wapello County Home between Mar 1, 1943 - Mar 1, 1944.
Ottumwa Courier, October 29, 1968
Barcus funeral

Services for Elmer E. Barcus, 79, of Good Samaritan Center, who died Monday morning at Ottumwa Hospital, will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Jay Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Goins of First Christian Church officiating. Masonic services will be conducted by members of Lodge No. 16, and the American Legion will be in charge of graveside services in Cedar Township Cemetery at Fremont.

Mr. Barcus was a former meat cutter and had been an employee of the Wapello County Sheriff's office.

The son of Reasoner and Georganna Dilly Barcus, he was born in Fairview, Ill., on Oct. 24, 1889. He had lived in Ottumwa for about 40 years. He was an Army veteran of World War I, and a member of the American Legion, the Masonic Lodge No. 16, A.F. & A.M., and the Modern Woodmen of the World.

Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Lloyd Corbett; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, LuVerne, in 1933; his second wife, Bonnie, in 1959; and by three brothers and two sisters. 
Family links: 
  Reason Bennett Barcus (1859 - 1937)
  Georganna Dilley Barcus (1862 - 1936)
  Margaret LuVerne Rector Barcus (1887 - 1933)
  Bonnie E Sayles Barcus (1898 - 1959)
  Margaret Barcus Dowell (1884 - 1966)*
  Mary Barcus Ollom (1885 - 1966)*
  Clarence William Barcus (1887 - 1951)*
  Elmer Edson Barcus (1889 - 1968)
  Oscar William Barcus (1892 - 1926)*
  Floyd Miles Barcus (1897 - 1922)*
  Hazel Mae Barcus Corbett (1900 - 1992)*
*Calculated relationship
Cedar Township Cemetery
Mahaska County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: Sara Corbett Cross
Originally Created by: Shelli Steedman
Record added: Nov 18, 2006
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