Alfred Melcher, 24, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjeman Melcher, residing about twelve miles north-east of Wolbach in the South Branch neighborhood, passed away about two o'clock Saturday afternoon following a brief illness.
Mr. Melcher and son who had worked hard in their grain field during the week had decided to do little work that day and plans were made for the family to go to town in the afternoon. After shaving and taking a bath, Alfred, who seemed to be in the best of health, went to the barn to unharness a team. When the father called that the noon day meal was ready Alfred answered that he could not come to the house. Going to his assistance, Mr. Melcher found him lying in the shade of a tree nearby, in a serious condition. He was carried to the house and Mr. Charley McClure, close neighbor and Dr. Reede of Cedar Rapids were called, but he had already lapsed into unconsciousness before they arrived and died soon afterward. Death is thought to have resulted from a heart attack and prostration brought about by the excessive heat as the deceased had remarked to Mr. McClure earlier in the day about the effect of the heat while working in the harvest fields that week.
Alfred was held in highest esteem by those of the community and was known by his associates as a young man of exemplar habits and his passing is mourned by a large circle of friends who extend profound sympathy to his grief stricken parents and two sisters, Miss Mildred of Fremont and Francis living at home.
Funeral services were held in St. Anthony's Church at Cedar Rapids Tuesday morning.
Wolbach Messenger, Wolbach, Nebraska, Thursday, August 1, 1935, transcribed by Linda Berney