The Montpelier Examiner, December 24,
WOW MAKES PROMPT SETTLEMENT
Yesterday C E Wright, clerk of Walnut Camp, Woodmen of the World, presented to Mrs. Eliza Grunig a check for $1000, that being the amount of insurance carried in the order by her late husband, Fred Grunig.
Mr. Grunig died five weeks ago last Tuesday night and in view of the fact that the proofs of death were not forwarded to the head camp until two weeks after his death, the payment of the claim was made several days sooner than was expected by the officers of the local camp.
Walnut camp has been very fortunate regarding
losses by death. During the 15 or 16 years that it has been in existence
only two members have passed to the great beyond, Chase Parson and Fred Grunig.
The camp now has a membership of 57.
The Montpelier Examiner April 4, 1913
Last Saturday afternoon Fred, the 13 year old son of Mrs. Fred Grunig, and John Straauhbaur, another lad about the same age, were scuffling on a hay stack at the house of the former. During the scuffle young Grunig was thrown from the stack. Just as he struck the ground the other lad threw a pitchfork at him. One of the tines entered Fred at the base of the brain, close to his right ear.
The other tines penetrated his neck and shoulder. The force of the blow prostrated Fred and when he did not arise the other lad called for help, when it was discovered that Fred's arms and legs were paralyzed.
he was carried into the house and Dr. Poynter was summoned. After trying various remedies, the doctor became convinced the paralysis was caused by the forming of blood on the brain. Fred was taken to the LDS hospital in Salt Lake. While the lad is able to talk, his entire body is paralyzed.