21 August 2010

Obituary---Frank Rupar, Jr.

This obituary is of a young teen, and such a tragic life he lead. Another reminder of how life was before antibiotics and emergency rooms.
The Greenwood in the heading of the article indicated that it was in the Greenwood township community column. Greenwood is across the county line and this south east corner of the county was often included in the local Fremont newspaper.

From the 7 June 1917 Fremont TimesIndicator:

Frank Rupar, Jr. son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rupar, died Wednesday night at Lansing after a short illness of paralysis of the heart. He was thirteen years and six months of age and was born in Ely, Minn., having come here with his parents to the farm on which they live near White River, about eight years ago. When he was a small child he was playing with his brother on the chip pile in Ely and a dynamite cartridge exploded, killing his brother and he losing the sight of both his eyes. He was attending the state institution for the blind, at Lansing, and had intended returning home in about a week to spend his summer vacation. He leaves, besides, his parents, four brothers and sisters, besides a host of friends to mourn their loss. The father accompanied the body home Friday night and burial took place Saturday afternoon at the Catholic cemetery at Brunswick.

I had to look up just where Ely Minnesota was after this news bite of such a dangerous play area. Sure enough, Ely was apparently a mining, the lake closest to Ely was named Miners Lake. The town is located north of Duluth, near the Canada border, in the part of Minnesota that wraps around the west end of Lake Superior. Apparently chips were the mining debris and in this case at least, live dynamite as well.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.