|Birth: ||Jan. 6, 1899|
|Death: ||Jul. 20, 1947|
John Gritters, 48, who lived 14 miles north and one-fourth mile west of Orange City, died in Grossmann Hospital Sunday of self-inflickted wounds.
The farmer was found by his son, according to authorities, near a field with his throat and wrists cut and a 22 calibre bullet wound in his face. The shot had gone from beneath his chin through his eye and the bullet was lodged in his forehead. In his pocket was found a box used for sleeping tablets. And it is surmised that he also swallowed some of those.
Dr. Gerrit Maris of Hull and Dr. E. B. Grossmann were called to the farm to give first aid, and Gritters was removed to Grossmann hospital here in the Van Etten ambulance. Mr. Gritters was concious all the way here.
According to officials, he had been mentally depressed for some time and especially so after his farm buildings were damaged by wind not so long ago.
He is survived by his wife, a son, John Evans, and two daughters, Ellen and Barbara. Also left are five brothers, Ben of Minnesota, Ralph of Bellflower, Rev. Martin and Herman of Chicago, Eddie of Ireton, and one sister, Mrs. Raymond Hulstein of Sioux Center. His mother, Mrs. E. Gritiers of Hull, also survives.
In the absence of Coroner C. Vander Ploeg of Sioux Center, justice of the Peace Henry Bastemeyer was Acting Coroner.
Funeral services were held yesterday, July 23, at the home at 1 o'clock and in the First Christian Reformed Church at at 1:30. Van Etten's Funeral Home was in charge.
Sioux County Capital 1947-07-24.
Egbert Gritters (1871 - 1937)
Albertje Schmidt Gritters (1873 - 1961)
Bessie Vander Berg Gritters (1896 - 1979)*
John Gritters (1899 - 1947)
Ben Gritters (1901 - 1961)*
Martin Egbert Jonathan Gritters (1906 - 1991)*
Della Gritters Hulstein (1908 - 2000)*
Hermannus Gritters (1909 - 1909)*
Egbert Offrien Gritters (1914 - 1993)*
Created by: GS
Record added: May 15, 2012
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