Last Rites Are Held For Farmer Pinned Beneath Tractor
Friends and relatives in this community were saddened when they
learned of the death of Theodore Fussner Friday. Death was caused by
drowning when his tractor overturned in the muddy shallow waters of the
French Creek and pinned him in tem inches of slime.
to free himself were of no avail. When his body was found an open
pocketknife beside his was mute testimony of a desperate fight for life.
The farmer left his home north of Douglas around 9 a. m. that
morning to plow a field of stubble bordering on the creek. When he
didnít return for dinner, his wife started out after him, then went back
and called a neighbor to help in the search. They discovered him and the
wheels up tractor a half-mile from his house.
wheelmarks showed that Fussner had waited a fraction of a second too
long before making a turn. The front wheels hooked over an eight foot
drop and pulled the tractor into a semi-somersault. The 68 years old
driverís leg was broken and pinned under the steering wheel.
son of Adam and Ann Fussner, he was born February 19, 1882 near St.
Louis. About 20 years ago he was untied in marriage to Valla Moffitt of
Surviving are his wife; a daughter. Mrs. Marvel Gutshaw
of Elmwood; four brothers, Fred and William of Brimfield, Peter of
Elwood and Charles of Peoria; two sisters, Elizabeth of California and
Madeline of Peoria and one grandchild.
Funeral services were held
at the Patterson Funeral home in Elmwood Monday afternoon. He was laid
to rest in the Elmwood cemetery.