JOE CREES KILLED AT MILL ``` Accident Occurred Last Friday Morning in Grand River at the Crees Mill and Produce House.
``` Joe Crees, one of the well known business men of Grand River, was killed Friday morning of last week at his feed mill and produce establishment near the depot in that place. He was at work grinding some feed when the burrs in the mill suddenly flew into pieces and some of the fragments struck Mr. Crees on the head. He fell into the arms of his wife who happened to step into the mill just a few minutes before and was near him when the accident happened.
Mrs. Crees summoned help and in a few minutes a number of people were there. Dr. Carr, who had been quickly summoned, found that Mr. Crees was terribly injured and he was removed to his home and Dr. H.R. Layton, of Leon, was also called. The injuries were too great to overcome and he died a few hours after the accident had occurred. Just what was the cause of the accident is unknown, while it is the opinion of many that the mill was running at too great a speed causing the burrs to explode. Mr. Crees was a popular man with all who knew him. His untimely and tragic death comes as a great shock to the people of his town and the entire county. The grief stricken wife and children have the sympathy of all. Mr. Crees was thirty-eight years old and leaves a wife and several children. He had about $2,000 life insurance. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, a large number of the people of that section of the county being in attendance. ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` OBITUARY
Joseph Andrew Crees was born April 3, 1877, and died at his home in Grand River, Iowa, July 23, 1915, aged 38 years, 3 months and 29 days. He was the son of Michael and Margaret Crees and was born and raised on the old homestead near Grand River. Mr. Crees was married to Nellie Brammer, March 2, 1902. To them were born six children, all of whom, with the sorrowing wife and mother are left to mourn the loss of the one they held most dear.
Our community was shocked and saddened to hear that a little before noon Friday, Mr. Crees had been fatally injured by a flying piece of his feed grinder which had bursted. He was carried home by friends as soon as they could be summoned and Dr. Carr, of Grand River, Dr. Mulcahy, of Ellston, and Dr. Layton, of Leon, were summoned and did all possible for the injured man but he passed to the Great Beyond the same evening at a little past 9 o'clock, without having regained consciousness, Mrs. Crees was standing just back of her husband when the terrible accident occurred by providentially was not struck by any of the flying pieces of the grinder.
Mr. Crees was one of Grand River's most energetic business men. For many years he has run a feed store, buying cream and poultry and his place of business was always a busy one. He was accommodating to all and did business on the square. Mr. Crees leaves besides his wife and children, his aged father, three sisters and one brother. Just one month before his death, his brother, Willis Crees passed away. The bereaved family have the heartfelt sympathy of the whole community in this their great sorrow.
The funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal Church Sunday afternoon, Rev. E.B. Scoggan preaching the sermon, the music being given by a large choir from the churches of Grand River. The church was crowded and a large number could not get within. The body was laid to rest in the Funktown Cemetery to await the great Judgement Day. ````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Decatur County Journal August 5, 1915
Mrs. Nellie M. Crees, wife of Joseph A. Crees, who was killed by an explosion of the burrs in a feed grinder at his mill in Grand River, July 23, as told in last week's Journal, received a draft last week from the Western Life Insurance Company, of Des Moines, for $2,000 the amount of a policy Mr. Crees carried in that concern. The loss was paid within forty-eight hours after the notice of his death had been sent to the company. A photographic reproduction of the draft and a letter signed by Mrs. Crees appears on another page of this issue of the Journal. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Copied by Nancee(McMurtey)Seifert February 12, 2002 *He was the grandson of Joseph M. Crees and Catherine Ann Coppersmith. He was the nephew of my gg grandfather, John F. Crees