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Brose Dugger Takes Own Life; Ill Health Reason for Act

Despondency caused from ill health is blamed for the suicidal death of Brose Dugger whose body was found south of the Beeman schoolhouse two miles west of here, Friday morning at about 10 o'clock.

The dead man was found sitting at the wheel of his Overland touring car, his head badly wounded from the bullet of a shot gun, on which his hand still rested.

Carl Ferns who lives near the scene of the shooting discovered the body on the side road south of the Beeman schoolhouse.

The coroner was called and from all indications it was proven that the shooting had taken place on Thursday, previous to the rain of the early afternoon, since the car had not been moved since the rain. Death came to the man instantly, no evidences present that he had been moved after the shot had been fired.

His absence from home alarmed his family when he could not be located at his daughter's, where he had said he was going.

Mr. Dugger opened his cafe "Cozy Lunch" several months ago and since has been having a very good business. Previous to his moving to What Cheer four years ago he lived on a farm west of town.

His pleasant personality and jovial nature made the shock and grief of his death greater and more sorrowful to his relatives and friends.

Orestus Ambrose Dugger, oldest son of Hard and Edna Dugger was born near What Cheer, Iowa, on June 20th, 1874, and died May 28th, 1931, age fifty-six years, eleven months, and eight days.

On February 12th, 1896, he was married to Edith Gertrude Simpson. To this union four children were born. They are: Mrs. Leo Walden, of Sigourney; Mrs. Clifford Piersel, of near Rose Hill, Lloyd at home, and Mrs. Virgil Fisch, of What Cheer.

He has lived his entire life in Keokuk county and numbered his friends by his acquaintances.

He was converted in early manhood at the Methodist church in Springfield under the leadership of Reverend Demorest.

He was a kind and loving husband and father and his greatest joy was in doing for his loved ones and friends. Besides his loving wife and children are the eleven grandchildren. They are: Waunita, Naomi, Brosie, and Eloise Walden. Loren, Helen, Dorothy, Lola, Selma, Harold and LaVerne Piersel. One sister and two brothers: Mrs. Thomas Grudgings, of What Cheer; Roy, of Gibson, and Robert, of What Cheer, who with his wife in loving kindness opened up their home in this last sad hour, beside a number of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, mother, two sisters, and one brother.

"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."

The very large number of friends and relatives that paid their respects at the final rites marked the admiration shown for the late Mr. Dugger. Services were held from the Methodist church Sunday at 2:30 o'clock with Rev. V.A. Bloomquist conducting.

A quartette composed of Mrs. W.W. Sterlin, Mrs. George Hemming, Mr. Utterback, and Joe Utterback, of Delta, sang several beautiful selections.

Pallbearers were: Thos. Carson, Wm. Lash, E.P. Lally, Denver Garrett, Dr. W.S. Asquith, and Wilbur Ewing.

Interment in the Rice cemetery.

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