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 John Byers Long, Jr

John Byers Long, Jr

Waynesboro, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 16 Apr 1930 (aged 23)
Waynesboro, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Waynesboro, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section F
Memorial ID 59001652 · View Source
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JOHN LONG ASPHYXIATED WHILE WARMING MEAL - Popular Western Union Messenger Found Dead In Kitchen By Mother - WAS ALONE IN HOUSE AT TIME

JOHN B. LONG, JR., aged 23 years, was found dead about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon in the kitchen of his home, 233 South Church street, by his mother, Mrs. J. B. Long, who had just returned from Hagerstown.

Physicians summoned, said death was due to asphyxiation, caused by gas escaping from two jets in the range in the kitchen.

When Mrs. Long left for Hagerstown about 11 a.m. yesterday, she prepared sauerkraut for her son's meal, and left it on the gas stove for him to heat when he arrived for lunch at noon. He wanted his mother to go and asked that sourkraut be prepared for him.

Mrs. Long said she believes her son heated the sourkraut and started eating it. There was a quantity of food on the table. John, when she returned home, was found lying beside the kitchen table.

Two gas jets were open, she said. Mrs. Long believes that when her son turned on one jet, he accidentally opened another.

The inside door to the kitchen was closed, Mrs. Long said, but the front door to the house was open.

When Mrs. Long entered the house she smelled gas. She went directly to the kitchen and discovered her son lying on the floor. She at once called a physician, who with the assistance of another, secured a lungmotor from the fire department.

It was too late however, as he had ebbed away before they could use the instrument.

Mrs. Long's second son, Daniel, returned from Gettysburg college about 4:30 and learned of the sudden demise of his brother.

John, who for the last six years had been in the employ of the Western Union here, as a messenger, was in good spirits yesterday morning. Mrs. Long said Albert J. Moore, manager of the Western Union office, said he was happy as usual during the morning.

When he did not report for work in the afternoon, Mr. Moore began delivering telegrams and then walked to the home after he got no response at the Long residence by telephone. He noticed his bicycle parked along the curb, and rang the door bell. Then Mr. Moore took the wheel to the back porch when he got no response. He called to John and peered through the windows. He noticed some food on the kitchen table.

Coroner S. D. Shull of Chambersburg was notified. He will arrive this afternoon.

John was born on East Main street directly opposite the Presbyterian manse, the son of the late John B. and Nora Esther (Wooster) Long. He lived here his entire life.

He attended the public schools and later the Waynesboro Business College. He was a faithfull member of the Lutheran church and an ardent worker as a member of the Young Men's Bible class of the Sunday school.

He is survived by his mother and one brother, Daniel, a student of Gettysburg college, and his grandmother, Mrs. Annie E. Wooster of Baltimore, Md.

The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday from the late home, conducted by his pastor, Rev. Dr. J. M. Francis. Burial will be in Green Hill cemetery.

The body may be viewed from 7 to 9 Friday evening.

Source : The Record Herald Newspaper - Waynesboro, Franklin Co., Pennsylvania - Thursday, April 17, 1930

Obituary provided by Melvin L. Halterman FAG # 47017310.

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