Ben Eaton Clark Eaton and Nancy Ann Brumley's son
Aug- Prai- Ben Eaton Killed When Embankment Caves In; Two Others Entombed Last Fndy at about 11:40 a. m. our to n almost "went wild" !w hen it was learned that an ero-barkmer.t ero-barkmer.t ero-barkmer.t f the sewer ditch, ! which at being dug in the street ltwe-n ltwe-n ltwe-n (ebb's Garage (and Mt-h's Mt-h's Mt-h's Sti.re, had caved in, entomhirg three men. Rescue workers jumped into the d.tch and Ug in digging and shoveling dirt Uft and furious Their dia-i dia-i dia-i cover)' revealed the body of Ben I Eaton, who haj bn killed in-l in-l in-l stanlly, w hen a large stone struck .his head, s-ver'y s-ver'y s-ver'y crushing his 'skull as weil as breaking bis shoulder. The body was immediately immediately taken to tde Sasmann undertaking parlcr and cared for by Elmer V. Lehr. A coroner's , inquest was held in the afternoon. 1 it-., it-., it-., i i . 1 LftlUIl W It IUVK1 IIIBII ( shadow of gloom was cast over the entire community. I The other two men who came (very r.iar being "buried alive" .were Bill Drewel of Bland and John Elton of St. Louis. They were working in the ditch, a 8nortdlfctnce from Mri t0Iit jwh(n lhe caVe in occured. Rea- Rea- Ilizing that he was in a trap of j..,,., Ure- Ure- oi crabbed bold of one of the tools in the ditch and braced himself onto the handle. Elton braced himself by holding to Mr. Drewel as this is reported to have been his second ex p 'fierce 'fierce of this kind, hence he knew what to do. Neither of these men were seriously hurt and it is thought that no large rocks were in the dirt that struck them. The ground above the ditch was soft, due to a rain the previous previous day and the heavy ditching ditching machine had been operating only a short distance from w here the men were working. We understand understand that the ditch was more than six feet deep. FUNERAL SUNDAY The body lay in state at the home of John Brumely (Eaton's uncle and where he had made his home) until Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock when funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. C. Jett at the Liberty Church, south of Belle. In bis talk, Rev. Jett said that he had been a life long friend of Mr. Eaton and made the remark that it was the most di.Ticult sermon he had ever attempted to preach. Interment was nude in the Liberty Cemetery Cemetery under rites of the Wittrock-Davis Wittrock-Davis Wittrock-Davis Post American Legion. It was a tn-ical tn-ical tn-ical military funeral! and the deceased's comrads paid tHir I! rrtf in m mntt f. t tin 9 The unusually large crowd which attended the funeral and the beautiful floral offerings attested attested to the high esteem in which Ben Eaton was held in this community. OBITUARY Benjamin F. Eaton was born near Feuersville, in Osage County on March 15. 182 and died September 27th, 1335, age 43 years. 6 months and 12 days. He was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Eaton. His father father died when Ben was only five years old, his mother passed to her reward only three months ago. He leaves to mourn his passing passing one brother, John Eaton of Gasconade: four sisters. Mrs. Cynthia Pointer of Bland, Mrs. Mary Jett of Owensville. Miss Ida Eaton of Hughesville and Mrs. Stella Pointer of Belle; also two' uncles. John Brumle'y Bland and Walter Brumley of Arkansas and a large number of relatives and friends. Ben heard the cad of his country country during the World War, enlisted enlisted in the army and served for a number of months over sea, willing to die if need be that the land which he loved might still be the land of the free. From a child up he was always big hearted willing to divide whatever he possessed with his friend. He could never be called called selfish, neither being of a disposition disposition to worry, always appar ently satisfied that tomorrow would take care of itself. He had a large acquaintance which was shocked at bis sudden departure to the great beyond and his passing is more evidence that God works in a mysterious way.