|Birth: ||Sep. 29, 1876|
|Death: ||Mar. 28, 1909|
Son of Benaiah & Jane (Countryman)
Husband of Mabel E (Pratt) married December 25, 1905 in Fredrika, IA
Father of infant child
Sumner Gazette, Wednesday, March 31, 1909
(Josephine Knight file)
One of the most distressing accidents that have occurred in this section for some time was the one last Sunday morning in which Roy Farnum lost his life.
Mr. Farnum, a young farmer, proprietor of what is known as the old Pat Griffin farm, northwest of Sumner, on Plum Creek, arranged with his cousin, Ray Fulcher, to go down to the pond near by, for the purpose of getting a shot at the wild ducks there.
The young men took their guns and went out early, not only before breakfast, but before doing the chores, and while crossing a small ravine near Bob Griffin's, Roy stumble in the tangle of undergrowth, and in some manner his fowling piece was discharged, the shot entering his right lung.
He shouted "Oh Ray, help me quick! I'm killed!" His companion, who but a few rods to one side, sprang to him, then hurried to Mr. Griffin's, who with his wife, son and daughter, ran to the place where the stricken man lay and did the best they could to staunch the flow of blood.
A physician was summoned and Roy was taken to his home. He lived only about 40 minutes after the accident, and suffered excruciating pain from the terrible wound.
Dr. Dunkelberg, who was called, notified the coroner, Dr. Ruble, of Waverly, who came over and made an examination, although, under the circumstances, his visit was hardly necessary.
Roy Farnum was a married man and leaves a wife and one small child to mourn his loss, and the sympathy of this whole region goes out to them in this sad hour their lives.
He was the youngest son of Mrs. B. J. Farnum, of Sumner, and is the third member of her family to meet a violent death. Her husband lost his life in a runaway about twelve years ago, and her son Clarence, while at Zion City, IL, was crushed against the side of a stall by a vicious horse, about three years ago, and died within two days of the injury.
Grandma Farnum has truly suffered a fullness of grief in her time, and this last stroke, coming as it does in her old age, is so overwhelming that her many friends fear its effects upon her health.
the funeral was held at Mentor school house yesterday afternoon, Rev. G. W. Bonnell, of the United Brethren church, officiating.
Benaiah J Farnum (1834 - 1896)
Jane Countryman Farnum (1839 - 1920)
Clarence C Farnum (1860 - 1905)*
Wesley Myron Farnum (1862 - 1940)*
Arthur Erastus Farnum (1864 - 1945)*
Hattie Edith Farnum Leach (1869 - 1903)*
Lewis Reade Farnum (1874 - 1951)*
Roy Deveer Farnum (1876 - 1909)
Ada Adell Farnum (1881 - 1971)*
Created by: Diane Zabel
Record added: Jun 15, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27580139
Added by: Anonymous