|Birth: ||Mar. 9, 1882|
|Death: ||May 20, 1927|
Onawa Democrat - May 26, 1927
Farmer is Killed by Lightning Bolt
Roy Boutwell, well known Sherman Township man meets sudden death Friday, was in the field working when he was struck---his clothing caught fire---Mr. Meeker nearby offered aid but found death had been instantly.
Roy Boutwell, 45 years old, a lifelong and respected resident of Sherman Township was instantly killed at 8:30 a.m. last Friday, while listing on the old Cameron 40 acres, south and east of Blencoe.
The tragedy was witnessed by Clifford Meeker, who was a short distance north of Mr. Boutwell. According to Mr. Meeker, Mr. Boutwell had made the turn and started for the other end of the field, when the rain commenced. He shouted to Clifford that he would get wet. Mr. Meeker started to unhitch his own horses, when a sudden flash of lightning blinded him.
He looked south toward Mr. Boutwell and in an instant Mr. Boutwell's clothing was on fire. Two of the horses had been knocked down. Mr. Meeker rushed over to Mr. Boutwell, pulled him from the lister and tore his clothes from his body and put out the fire.
Death had come instantly. The bolt had struck Mr. Boutwell on the top of his head and passed along his right side, and grounded through the lister seat.
Mr. Meeker yelled and his shouts summoned his sister, who called Harry Nielsen. John Comfort then came and called Neville Gray who went to the scene with Dr. George Lacy.
Mr. Gray removed the body to Mr. Boutwell's home. An examination by Dr. Lacy showed innumerable burns about the head and body.
Mr. Boutwell was born March 9, 1882 in Sherman Township. He was the son of Benjamin F. and Emma Jane Boutwell, pioneers of this community. Benjamin F. Boutwell was born in 1847 and died in 1925. Benjamin F. was a member of the 23rd Michigan regiment, infantry volunteer. Emma was born in 1847 and died in 1925. He was raised to manhood in the township and had a large circle of friends. He was united to Mrs. Ila Lathrop in 1917. An adopted son, Glen, also survives, besides a brother Russell of Fairfax, South Dakota and a sister Mrs. H.G. McLaughlin of Blencoe.
Mr. Boutwell's popularity and esteem by his neighbors was attested Sunday when a large concourse attended the final services held at the Congregational Church, Reverend M.P. Jones officiating. Floral tributes were beautiful and numerous.
The pall bearers were old friends and neighbors of Mr. Boutwell. They were: Burr and Dick Comfort, Harry Nielsen, William Burger, Clifford Meeker and Dale Maxwell.
The body was laid to rest in Graceland Cemetery west of Blencoe. Mr. Boutwell's sudden demise was a shock to the community. The sympathy of the entire community goes to the family in their hour of bereavment.
Benjamin F Boutwell (1847 - 1925)
Emma Jane Tryon Boutwell (1847 - 1925)
Luane Boutwell McLaughlin (1875 - 1952)*
Roy Ashford Boutwell (1882 - 1927)
Created by: Linda L
Record added: Sep 21, 2011
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