|Birth: ||Nov. 30, 1936|
|Death: ||Mar. 11, 1940|
Published in the Rochester(IN) News-Sentinel, Monday, March 11, 1940
Donnie [GAGNON], 3-1/2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence GAGNON who reside on a farm near Rock Lake east of Akron was hanged Monday morning in a very peculiar accident. His mother was washing and the little boy was riding his tricycle on a cement walk outside the home. Donnie got off the tricycle and climbed up on a picket corn crib. Mrs. Gagnon because it was cold had placed a scarf around Donnie's head and neck as a protection for him. In some manner the lad must have slipped after he reached the top of the corn crib and in falling the scarf caught around a picket and hanged Donnie. Mrs. Gagnon missed her son and after finding his empty tricycle went in search of him. It was then that she found Donnie's body hanging from the corn crib picket. Mrs. Gagnon did not believe that her son was dead and called neighbors and a doctor who tried to revive him. All efforts proved unavailing. Dr. Dean STINSON, coroner, was called and found death due to a broken neck and suffocation. The exact time that the accident occurred cannot be determined but it was between 9 and 10 o'clock. The mother was formerly Miss Ruth WILLIAMS who was an operator in the telephone exchange at Akron for a number of years. Donnie was the oldest of two children in the Gagnon family.
Published in the Rochester(IN) News-Sentinel, Tuesday, March 12, 1940
Funeral services for Donald Eugene GAGNON, three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence GAGNON, who reside on a farm near Rock Lake, east of Akron, will be held from the Log Bethel church near Silver Lake Wednesday at 1 o'clock with Rev. Frank CRABILL in charge. Interment will be made in the cemetery adjacent to the church. The lad was strangled to death yesterday morning when his scarf caught on a picket of a corn crib after he had climbed to the top of the crib. The boy was discovered a short time later by his mother. The child's mother had bundled him in warm clothing, placed the silk scarf around his neck and sent him out to play. He apparently climbed to the top of the fence of the open air corn crib and fell or jumped, the scarf catching and choking him to death. Dr. Leslie A. LAIRD of North Webster, Kosciusko county coroner, investigated and said death was caused by strangulation. The child was born November 30, 1936. Surviving are the parents, a three-months-old sister, Genese, and the grandparents, Mrs. Ed GAGNON and Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMS, all of near Akron.
Lawrence Alphonse Gagnon (1914 - 1973)
Ruth Loraine Williams Gagnon (1915 - 1994)
Silver Creek Cemetery
Plot: Row 7
Maintained by: April Gross
Originally Created by: Cecil Nickell
Record added: Feb 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66043287