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Lewis Emerson Bledsoe
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Birth: Dec. 3, 1879
Death: Jul. 19, 1936

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Father and Son Drown In River

L.E. Bledsoe and Raymond, 14, Found In Pottawatomie Monday Afternoon

L. E. Bledsoe, 56-year-old farmer and tenant for the past year on Dr. Jay R. Douglas's farm southwest of town, and his 14-year-old son, Raymond, were found drowned in the Pottawatomie Monday afternoon about three o'clock by two boys who happened about the river. They had both been seen by the Woods Family also living at the same farm about 10 o'clock Sunday Morning. When discovered Monday afternoon, both bodies were on top of the water and it was estimated that they had been drowned for approximately 36 hours. Dr. Joseph Fowler and Dr. A. W. Fairchild were called in by acting coroner T. J. Cummings to examine the bodies and they said there was no indication of foul play.

Mr. Bledsoe was partly clothed and the boy had taken all his clothes off which would indicate that he had gone in the water to bathe and had slipped off in a deep hole and his father was undressing. In an attempt to save him, the father had jumped in. Neither could swim. A watch, some money and other personal possessions were found on the bank undisturbed and upon inspection of the house more cash was found. Recently Mr. Bledsoe had cashed his bonus bonds for approximately $700 and with his money bought an acre of ground near town. He and the boy were partly moved to this tract when the tragedy happened. He had also bought a team and harness. Mr. Bledsoe was a World war veteran and member of the American Legion post at Ottawa. He was born in Franklin county, December 3, 1879. His wife died 13 years ago and is buried at Ottawa.

He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Ella Schmidt and Mrs. Ruth Day of Kansas City and Mrs. Sarah Huff of Ottawa and a brother, J. D. Bledsoe of Goodrich. Burial for both Mr. Bledsoe and Raymond was in the Osawatomie cemetery Tuesday afternoon. 
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  Dorothy D Kyle Bledsoe (____ - 1925)
  Henry Adam Bloomer (1909 - 1985)*
  Raymond Kyle Bledsoe (1922 - 1936)*
*Calculated relationship
Elmdale Cemetery
Miami County
Kansas, USA
Created by: Lance
Record added: Jul 05, 2008
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Lewis Emerson Bledsoe
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 Added: Nov. 23, 2010
Such a sad story but I believe they are at peace now in Heaven. Lewis and Raymond seemed like 2 wonderful guys and I like to think that the wife and mother was very happy to be reunited with them again.
- Leslie W.
 Added: Jul. 23, 2008

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