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 Mel Vinton Stephens

Mel Vinton Stephens

Birth
Richland, Keokuk County, Iowa, USA
Death 11 Nov 1926 (aged 50)
Jefferson County, Iowa, USA
Burial Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 100099814 · View Source
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Obituary for Mel Vinton Stephens:
LAST RITES FOR MEL STEPHENS
Held Yesterday Afternoon At 2:30 Oclock From the Methodist Church
Funeral services for Mel Stephens were held yesterday afternoon from the First Methodist church. Services in the church were conducted by the Knights of Pythias and those at the grave by the Odd Fellows Lodge, the ministers being Rev. R.H. Polly assisted by Dr. H.B. Scoles. Interment was made in Evergreen cemetery.
The active pall bearers were: Bert Woodside, Frank McClain, Dr. Chester Fordyce, N.S. Miller Jr., John Huglin and J.E. Gibson. Honorary pall bearers were: Ralph Bates, C.C. Bell, William Cupp, Floyde McQuiston, J. Wilber Dole and Frank Spratt.
Mrs. Arthur Greef, Miss Cora Ball and Mrs. William Neibert, accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Frank Pierson, sang "Face to Face," "There is No Night There," and "Going Down the Valley One by One."

Obituary for Mel Vinton Stephens:
MEL V. STEPHENS FELL WITH CAKE OF ICE; KILLED
Was Filling Refrigerator At Hestons Grocery When Accident Occurred
Mel V. Stephans, one of the oldest employees of the Peoples Ice Company, was killed this morniing when he fell off a platform while filling the big refrigerator at the Heston grocery, 203 West Jackson Street, and his chest was crushed by a 100 pound cake of ice.
The refrigerator is iced through a door probably eight feet from the floor and a platform reached by steps and about four feet high, was used in the operation. This had been moved in from the outside, and Mr. Stephens already had put in one bif cake.
Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Heston were busy about the little store. Mr. Heston having opened the door of the refrigerator at the time. This door is in front facing the south, and the platform was at the west side. When Mr. Stephens started to swing the second cake from his shoulder, he evidently either slipped or put out his hand to steady himself and missed the edge of the box. He fell to the front of the refrigerator, his head striking a butchers block. The cake of ice following him down landed squarely on his chest and then bounced off. The Hestons ran to his assistance and when they saw the extent of his injuries called a doctor. In the meantime, he regained consciousness for a moment and asked where he was, Mrs. Heston name and what time it was. Then he requested her to place something cold on his head. She bathed his forehead with water and he lapesed back into unconsciousness.
He was rushed to the hospital where he died within a half hour. The accident occurred just after 2 o'clock.
Mr. Stephens was born near Richland July 13, 1876. He married Miss. Margaret Mullenix February 22, 1905. They had no children but adopted a niece who is now Mrs. Arthur Minster of Newton.
He is survived by the widow, a brother Milo of Weliman , and three sisters, Mrs. Anson Woodford of Brighton, Mrs Ernest Fulton of Keota and Mrs. Clarence Dayton of Oklahoma.
Funeral arrangements had not been made this afternoon.
Leadger 12 Nov. 1926 page 1 column 7



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  • Created by: Earl J. McNeese
  • Added: 3 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100099814
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mel Vinton Stephens (13 Jul 1876–11 Nov 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100099814, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Earl J. McNeese (contributor 47216312) .