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DEAD UNDER A TREE. QUICK SUMMONS COME TO AGED MAN WHILE PICKING APPLES. His Corpse Found at Foot of Ladder. Death Likely Resulted from Over-exertion Over-exertion or a Fall—Little Gr-anddaueh- ter Makes the Discovery—Other Deaths over the County. While picking apples in the lot in the rear of his home, on Saturday morning, death came quickly to R. Porter Warden, of Marchand, Marchand, this county. Just what caused his sudden ending will probably never be known. About 9:30 o'clock, Mr. Warden left his home in his usual health, and a half hour later was found dead beneath an apple tree by his little granddaughter. He had placed a ladder on the tree and had gathered a quantity of the fruit and brought it to the house. This was the last time he was seen alive. Shortly after he returned to the tree the sudden summons came. At first it was believed that he met death by falling from the ladder or tree but Dr. J. W. Morrow, of Marchand, who was summoned shortly after the body was found, and the members of the family believe that death was caused by over-exertion. According to the physician's theory the man was seized with an attack of heart trouble while on the ground or near the foot of the ladder, as the only mark of violence on the body was a small bruise on his forehead. No bones were broken, and the rumor that his neck was broken is stoutly stoutly denied by those who are acquainted with the circumstances. Around his neck was attached a sack containing only a few apples which were supposed to have been gathered from the ground. Death came only a short time before the body was found. The deceased deceased was aged 72 years, and for a long period period had been crippled by rheumatism. At periods, he had suffered from heart trouble. His wife and the following children survive: Mrs. William Good, of Marchand; Mrs. Bennett VanHorn, of Georgeville; Mrs. Emma Emma Troxell, of Cur wensville; Clarence Ward- en.of Mabaffey;James Warden,of Grampion, John Warden,of Rossmoyne, and Mrs. R. D. Lowmaster, of Thayer, Kan. The funeral services were conducted, on Monday, in the Marchand Evangelical church by Rev. J. M. Cogley, of Marion Center, and interment followed followed in the Marchand cemetery.

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  1. The Indiana Progress,
  2. 24 Sep 1902, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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