Georgia E. Alexander

    Mrs. Georgia E. Alexander, 56, drowned at 10 am. yesterday in a well at her
home on RFD 5, abouth eight miles northeast of Mt. Vernon on the Tolle road.
    Coroner Ben Roeder, who conducted an inquest this morning, said it was the
opinion of Willard Alexander, her husband, and several neighbors that Mrs.
Alexander accidently fell into the well.  The well, he said, was unprotected by
side walls, having only a wooden platform.  Mr.. Alexander testified that he
was listening to a radio program Sunday morning and that, after the program
was over, he missed his wife.  He told how he searched for her and finally
found her in the well, which contained over eight feet of water.  He summoned a
neighbor, Dale Mattix, and they got Mrs. Alexander out of the well by using a
ladder and rope.  Neighbors aided in giving artificil resperation and a doctor and
Mt. Vernon firemen wer summoned.  The physician pronounced her dead and told
firemen it was useless to use the pulmotor.  Coroner Roeder returned a verdict that
she came to her death from "drowning in a well."

    Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:00 pm. at Union Chapel church, with the
Rev. Roy Beal officiating, and burial will be in Union Chapel cemetary.  Mrs. Alexander
was born October 15, 1890, the daughter of Thomas and Cora (McFarland) Mann.  In
1917 she was married to Willard Alexander, who survives.  Besides her husband, she
is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Dale Mattix of Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Roy Noos of Peoria
and Mrs. Paul Brown of Wood River; and one grandson.  A son Wilton, lost his life
in World War II.

Submitted by Janet Ridenour

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