John A. Sanner, an old man 75 years of age, was found dead near the gate of the Arnold farm southwest of the city yesterday morning. Two farmers while passing along the found him lying on his back. His death had been caused by exhaustion and exposure. The deceased resided with his wife on Second Street north of Grand avenue in this city. Saturday his wife was ill and he told her he would go to his daughters house, a few blocks distant, and tell her of her mother's illness. He left the house and from that time nothing was seen of him until his sons were notified yesterday morning that a dead man had been found west of the of the city. They hastened to the place and found it to be their father.
About noon Saturday his wife became uneasy as he did not return home and notified her sons and daughters. None had seen anything of him. The police were then notified but they could get no trace of him. Towards evening his children learned that he was seen in the west part of the city and they hitched up a team and started to look for him. They searched part of the night and resumed the search again in the morning. They were not very far from the place where he was found when they were informed that a dead man had been found not far away. On reaching the spot they were horrified to find it was their father.
The unfortunate man was lying on his back and from all appearances had been lying in that position for many hours. There were no signs of a struggle depicted on his face, and it is supposed he walked until he fell from exhaustion and died in a short time.
The remains were brought to the city and taken to his home. Coroner Burkhardt was notified and impanelled a jury who viewed the remains. He will hold the inquest this morning.
The deceased had been feeble minded for the past several months and had to be constantly watched whenever he left home. Before he started for his daughter's house his wife told him he had better not go as he might lose his way. He replied that he knew the way and would return at once. It is supposed that he was bewildered and losing his way wandered in the opposite direction.
Mr. Sanner was 75 years and two months old. He was born in Maryland and removed to this city thirty years ago, where he has since resided. He was a carpenter by occupation but was obliged to quit work several years ago owing to his feebleness. He is survived by his widow, five daughters, Mrs. Ida Harbison, Mrs. Kate Brooks, Mrs. Mollie Woods, Mrs. Emma Rotramel and Mrs. Ollie Page; three sons, Walter, John and Ira. The funeral will take place this afternoon from the late residence at 2:30; Rev. J.M. Darrah, pastor of the Hope Congregational church will conduct the service. [Burial was at Oak Ridge cemetery]
Submitted by Jerry