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LaVern James Canen
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Birth: Feb. 24, 1922
Elkhart County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jun. 25, 1935
Elkhart County
Indiana, USA



Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock two boys were killed and one so seriously injured that he died in the hospital a few hours later.
They were the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Canen of Elkhart, related and known by many of our Wakarusa people. The boys were playing in the back yard when the mystery blast happened. The dead are:

Charles Canen, 14;
LaVern Canen, 13;
Wayne Canen, 8

There are eleven other children in the family. The father is a FERA employee, 43 years of age. Mrs. Canen's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Martin Blocher of two miles north and a half mile east of Wakarusa. Coroner Eugene Holdeman holds to the theory that the boys got hold of a piece of dynamite while at play with automobile coils and mechanical parts.
Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 at the Olive church, north of Wakarusa. Rev. Quinton Everest and Rev. Frank Kreider assisting will have charge of the services.

The Wakarusa Tribune June 27, 1935


ELKHART, Ind., June 28.—(I.N.S.)—Authorities were inclined here to link a weird revenge plot of an eccentric farmer 30 years ago to the mysterious blast that claimed the lives of three boys here.

The boys, Charles, Laverne and Wayne Canen, members of a relief worker's family, were killed by an explosion in their home Tuesday.

James Devor, an eccentric farmer, 30 years ago, planted several home made bombs on his farm in the vicinity of the Canen residence, authorities have been told.

C.J. Baker of Elkhart, who formerly lived near the Canen home, said that in 1914, when Devor's farm was torn down, six pounds of dynamite was found.

Baker said: "Devor was angry because of the proposal to extend state road No. 2 south through his property. He planted a number of dynamite bombs, made of pieces of iron pipe, in the proposed route of the highway." John Howart, whose farm was just west of Devor's, plowed up two or three of these bombs.

"Devor was killed in 1915 by an interurban train. He went out one morning to catch the car. Neighbours told him it was a limited and did not stop. He said: "It'll stop for me."

Old newspaper files showed that in August, 1906, Devor warned police that bombs had been planted on his farm. He said: "I am not conscious at all times of what I do. I warn people who seek to destroy my farm to keep their hands off."

Children of the neighbourhood told police that prior to the explosion the Canen children had been disputing ownership of a piece of pipe about two feet long. Police were searching for additional bombs today. The Canen children were to be buried today at the Olive Mennonite church cemetery, four miles north of Wakarusa.

The Hammond Times, 28 June 1935, p. 5.
Family links: 
  Orville Canen (1890 - 1972)
  Bessie A Blocher Canen (1894 - 1985)
  Charles Canen (1920 - 1935)*
  LaVern James Canen (1922 - 1935)
  Wayne Lamar Canen (1927 - 1935)*
  Paul W Canen (1928 - 2004)*
*Calculated relationship
Olive Cemetery
Elkhart County
Indiana, USA
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Originally Created by: Linda K
Record added: May 06, 2011
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LaVern James Canen
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