FRANCES ECK DIES FROM FRACTURE OF SKULL
Son of Well Known Family Injured by Kick of a Mule - Operation Failed to Save Life
George Francis Eck died at Our Saviour's Hospital Wednesday night at 8 o'clock as a result of injuries sustained when he was kicked by a mule Wednesday morning. The accident happened at the Eck farm home four miles south of Alexander. The lad had gone with older persons to the barn to feed the horses and mules and to attend to the regular morning chores. He was standing with his back toward one of the mules when the animal kicked viciously and struck him on the head at the base of the brain. The unconscious boy was immediately carried into the home and Dr. J. M. Elder of Franklin was summoned. Ver soon after his arrival Dr. Elder found that the lad was suffering from a fracture of the skull.
Dr. F. A. Norris was summoned in consultation and soon afterward the injured boy was brought to Our Saviour's hospital. There an operation was performed in the hope of saving the little life, but it was apparent from the first that it was a critical case with very slight chance of recovery. The condition became constantly worse until 8 o'clock, the hour of death.
George Francis Eck was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Eck and was 11 years of age. The boy is survived by his parents and three sisters and three brothers. They are Manita, Freda, Bernice, Joseph, Emrich and Edward. Francis was a pupil at Walnut Grove school and was a favorite with his playmates and in the home circle. His pathetic death has brought a great sorrow not only to the family but to the neighborhood in which he lived. The remains were taken from the hospital to the undertaking rooms of J. H. O'Donnell and will be sent to Alexander today. The funeral will be held Saturday at the Alexander Catholic church and due announcement will be made later. Friends are requested to omit flowers.