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DeKalb County Indiana Obituary

George L. Kimbel
Contributed by Sally Kimbel

Rainier Review (Rainier, Oregon)
Friday, February 22, 1929, p. 1

Fern Hill Worker Killed

George L. Kimbel Victim of Accident While Cutting Wood

     Fern Hill community was shocked by the accidental death of George L. Kimbel, which occurred some time Wednesday afternoon while he was cutting cordwood alone in the woods behind the Fern Hill school house.  Just what happened will never be know definitely, but it is surmised that Mr. Kimbel had felled a tree which twisted around, splintering off a limb as it went, and the limb striking him at the base of the neck and breaking it. Indications were that he died instantly. At first it was thought that a stroke was the cause of death, but when the body was examined more carefully it was found that the second cervical vertebrae was fractured.
    No inkling of the tragedy in the woods was suspected by anyone until Mr. Kimbel failed to come home for supper. Then Mrs. Kimbel appealed to neighbors to help locate her husband or find out what had happened. The body was found when the searching party visited the place where Mr. Kimbel had been cutting wood for J.C. Skeans.
     Mr. Kimbel came to the Fern Hill community 15 months ago from Michigan, driving from there with his family. He took over the former John Hale farm and had lived there since that time. He was an honest, hard working man and was highly regarded by his friends and neighbors.
     George L. Kimbel was born at Leonidas, Michigan, on February 13, 1873. He was married to Theresa Petroske at Grand Rapids, Michigan, on July 21, 1919. He is survived by his wife and four small children, the oldest eight years and the youngest only 15 months. They are Herman Arthur, Irene Henrietta, George Roger and Edmund Herbert. Five brothers and two sisters also survive, all living in Michigan.
     The funeral will be held at 2:30 Sunday afternoon at the church house in Hudson, with interment in the Green Mountain cemetery close by.
(George L. Kimbel, eldest son of John W. Kimbel and first wife Margaret
Hissong Kimbel)

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