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17 July 2011

Sunday’s obituary – Harry Dralle (1902-1918)

The Monee Review Volume XIII Number 30 Monee, Illinois Thursday, July 25, 1918
 front page
Harry DRALLE Killed in Field
  Harry DRALLE, the third son of Mrs. F.H. DRALLE living near Andres, died Thursday afternoon from injuries received in an accident, the particulars of which will never be known as there were no witnesses.
  Harry had gone to the field about 11 o'clock with a spreader filled with manure. Sometime later the team returned to the barn without the driver. A search was made for the boy and he was found in the field in an unconscious condition. A physician was summoned from Manhattan and restoratives being applied he regained consciousness but could give no explanation of what had happened.
  An examination showed that he had suffered a severe concussion of the chest and it was thought that he had fallen from the spreader and one of the heavy wheels had gazed against his chest with force enough to cause the injury.
  The boy lingered until 3 p.m. when he died from a hemorrhage of the lungs.
  An inquest was held by Coroner WUNDERLICH. The verdict of the jury was that the boy came to his death through accident.
  Harry was almost 16 years old. He was born on the homestead where the family now lives August 16, 1902. Last year he entered Peotone high school as a freshman and made a good record during the year. He was a bright, likeable young fellow and was respected by his schoolmates and friends.
  He leaves to mourn his untimely death a mother and four brothers.
  The funeral was held at the Green Garden Methodist church Sunday afternoon. The service was conducted by the pastor, The Rev. Mr. STANNER. The church was filled to overflowing with friends and neighbors who wished to express their sympathy with the bereaved family.