Posted in Decatur County Journal-IowaSeptember 1, 1898
Sidney A. Pruyn, died at Davis City, August 21, 1898 of appendicitis. The deceased was born in Black Creek, Outagamie County, Wisconsin, August 5, 1879, making him 19 years of age at his death.
He moved onto a farm in this county with his parents when he was a babe of nine months. About two years ago, he quit the farm and began working on the railroad. A few weeks ago, while working on the ballast, he caught cold which settled on his bowels causing inflammation. After he had somewhat recovered, he commenced lathing on his mother's home and accidently swallowed a shingle nail. He suffered intense pain and the family was told by the attending physician, Dr. J.W. Walls, that nothing could be done, as an operation could not be performed for appendicitis, as inflammation had already set in. After five days of intense pain and suffering, he passed from this earth to a brighter existence above.
The funeral services were conducted by Elder Henry Stebbins of Lamoni in the L.D.S. Church, of which he was a member. He was laid to rest in the Davis City Cemetery, August 25, 1898. Mr. Pruyn was a young man much liked by his associates and was very industrious. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved family.