Injuries Received In Auto Accident Proves Fatal

Allen France, 68 year old farmer, who was injured in an automobile accident near here, August 29th, in which Manford Litchfield was killed instantly, died at his home north of Astoria at 4:00 o'clock Thursday afternoon from acute mania and starvation.

A coroner's jury returned a verdict holding that the accident was a contributing cause of death. Mr. France and his wife were both in … [microfilm damaged here] … time for treatment for their injuries. The shock of the crash is believed to have been at least partly responsible for Mr. France's refusal to take any food.

At the inquest Friday morning, the following were members of the coroner's jury: E. E. David, foreman; O. D. Hibbs, R. W. Rockwell, P. A. Arthur, W. R. Seitzinger and Edward Benton.

At the inquest held into Mr. Litchfield's death, Donald DeSollar, of Beardstown, the driver of the truck which hit the car containing the Litchfields and Frances, was exonerated. France had started to turn off the road west of here when his car was struck. Mrs. Litchfield was only slightly injured.

Allen France, son of Michal and Margaret France, was born November 9th, 1860, and departed this life on October 17th, 1929 at the age of 68 years, 11 months and 8 days. He was born three miles north of Astoria and when 12 years of age he moved with his parents to the Flat Woods district in Schuyler county where he grew to manhood.

On October 21st, 1880 he was united in marriage to Christina Heston. To this union six children were born: Mrs. May Bollinger of Astoria, Clarence A. France at home, Ernest J. France of Vermont, Ill.; Mrs. Pearl Foster of Rushville, Ill.; Mrs. Clara Hott, of Hoopeston, Ill.; and Ralph M. France of Loami, Ill. Besides his wife and children, he leaves to mourn his departure, 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He also leaves two brothers and one sister and a host of other relatives and friends. He was a member of the United Brethren church at Astoria and declared his faith in Jesus Christ until the end came.

Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare's past,
The battle's fought, the race is won.
And thou are crowned at last.

Funeral services were held at the United Brethren Church, Sunday at 2:00 p.m., conducted by the pastor. Rev. W. R. Seitzinger and interment in the Astoria cemetery.


Published in the Astoria Argus-Searchlight on 10/23/1929

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