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THE WESTERN STAR, 30 November 1917
Obituary of JOHN JASPER ELDER
Sad Death of John Elder.

John Jasper Elder, aged 20 years, 4 months and 18 days, and son of Mrs. Cora Elder, died on last Friday at his home in Coy, as the result of injuries received by being thrown from a mile which he was riding. John was working for W. G. Reed, whose home is 1 1/2 miles west of Coy. On Thursday afternoon of last week he was riding a mule about the feed yard, somewhat as a matter of sport, using spurs to make the mule "buck," as the animal was not naturally a vicious one. After riding
around a few times, he gave the mule an extra spurring, and this caused the animal to make a lurch near an embankment, thus throwing the rider through the air to the ground several feet distant. The fall was quite severe, especially as there were a number of rocks scattered about. Evidently some of the rocks were struck by the young man's body. When picked up he was unconscious, and he never spoke afterwards, except to groan slightly just before his death, which occurred 26 hours after the accident. The impact of the fall seemed to cause fatal injuries to the spine and brain.

Burial was made on Sunday afternoon in the Lookout cemetery. The funeral services were in charge of Rev. J. B. Handy of this city. He preached a very impressive sermon from the text, "Let not your heart be troubled;
ye believe in God, believe also in me." John 14:1. The attendance at the funeral was very large and attested to the popularity of the deceased in the neighborhood in which he lived. By all he was regarded as a trustworthy and industrious young man. His life had been clean and
upright, and he was well liked by those who knew him.

Deceased was born in Harper co., Kans., on July 10, 1897. His father and one brother had preceded him in death. He is survived by his mother, one sister, a grandfather and other relatives. His death brings to the
bereaved and heart stricken mother a heavy sorrow, and to her and the other relatives there goes out at this time the sincere sympathy of neighbors and friends.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier


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