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Obits > Alfred Soderberg 1875-1938

Submitted by Bob Johnson

Alfred SODERBERG Oct. 23, 1875 - July 10, 1938

One of the worst accients of recent years occured here last Sunday morning when a car driven by Eddie CONLEY, of Dingley, and Alex SODERBERG collided on the hill a mile and a quarter east of Thomas. CONLEY was coming from the west and SODERBERG from teh east when the cars met on top of the hill.

CONLEY and a boy with him were badly bruised and shaken up, but not seriously injured. Aleck SODERBERG had his brother Alfred with him. Aleck SODERBERG was bruised considerably but not seriously, but Alfred SODERBERG was thrown against the right side of the windshield with force enough to render him unconscious, in which state he remained from the time of the accident, at 11:30 o'clock until two o'clock in the afternoon. Dr. MULLIN was called to SODERBERG at the home of a near neighbor after which he was taken to his home where he died a few minutes after 2 o'clock.

Mr. SODERBERG was a man of very religious tendancies, a faithful member of the Baptist Church. For many years he conducted Sunday School and preaching service whenever a minister could not be obtained and even within the past few years ******** a once-a-month service at the Thomas Baptist Church two miles east of Thomas and a half mile from the scene of his fatal accident. It is an unfortunate incident, with a good man the victim, but Mr. SODERBERG leaves behind him an example that many of us might do well to follow and we verily belive that it may be truly said of him, if any of us humans, that he has gone to the reward that is laid up for those who have "Kept the Faith."

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Thomas Baptist Church with Rev. B. F. BUTLER, pastor of the Manlius Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery, one mile east of Thomas (handwritten notation: Fairfield Twp., Bureau County).

Coroner E. E. MEYER was called and empanelled the following jury --Leonard OLSON, Chet SMITH, Alex BLOUNCK, Harry PIERSON, Emanuel JOHNSON and Will CONLEY, who brought in a verdict of accidental by automobile collison.

Alfred SODERBERG was 63 years of age last October 23rd, and was born on the SODERBERG homestead two miles southeast of Thomas where he lived all his life. He ws unmarried and lived on the farm with his sister, Esther and brother Aleck.


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