Astoria Man Dropped Dead On Highway

Ahas Grove Stricken With Heart Attack After Attending Sale

This community was terribly shocked Monday evening when the news was spread that Ahas Grove of Astoria, had dropped dead while walking along the public highway near Huntsville, Schuyler county at 3:30 o'clock that afternoon.

Mr. Grove was a one-armed man and was engaged in selling peanuts and popcorn. He made a practice of attending sales, selling peanuts. A sale was to be conducted at the home of David Phillips' brother, Harry, near Huntsville Monday, and Mr. Grove had Earl Danner take him to this sale. On account of bad roads they were unable to drive the entire distance, leaving their car when within about two miles of their destination, they walked the remainder of the way.

After arriving at the Phillips home, according to Mr. Danner, Mr. Grove did not complain of feeling ill. However, he noticed that his face was very red, caused, he presumed, from the exertion of walking as the roads were very muddy.

Shortly after three o'clock, when Mr. Groves had sold all his peanuts, he in company with Mr. Danner, started to walk to their car. As was stated, the roads were quite muddy and the two walked along the shoulder of the highway. Mr. Danner was about twenty or thirty feet ahead. Looking back he did not see Mr. Grove, so he went back and found him lying face down on the ground. He lifted his head and found that life was extinct.

Men driving cattle came and assisted Mr. Danner. The coroner of Schuyler county was notified and the body was taken to Rushville, where an inquest was held yesterday at about 10 o'clock. The verdict of the jury was to the effect that death was due to heart failure.

We understand Mr. Grove had been complaining and had had previous heart attacks.

His sudden demise was a great shock to his family and to his many friends.

George Ahas Grove was the son of Mathew and Catherine Grove. He was born near Adair, Ill., on May 28, 1863, and died on Feb. 18, 1935, aged 71 years, 8 months and 21 days, having spent practically all his life in this vicinity. On Sept. 9, 1883 he was married to Emma Danner, who lives to mourn his departure. There were born to this union seven children. One son, Charley, preceded his father in death at the age of 26. The surviving children are: Mrs. Dollie Mitchell of Astoria, Mrs. Della Schisler of Ipava, Earl of Astoria, Orlo of Vermont, Miss Pearl of Springfield, and Diamond of Mt. Zion, Ill. One brother and two sisters are still living: Len Grove of Astoria and Mrs. Nora Newman and Mrs. Addie Newman, both of California. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, and a host of neighbors and friends.

He united with the Church of the Brethren on Aug. 7, 1904, and remained faithful to the end. He loved the church, and enjoyed fellowship with Christian people.

He had the misfortune to get his left arm caught in a corn shredder in January of 1918. The arm was amputated, but he suffered constant pain thereafter. The pain was intense at times, but he bore it patiently, praying for grace to endure.

The family is very grateful to neighbors and friends for help and flowers in this time of sorrow.

Funeral services were held this afternoon at 1:30 at the Church of the Brethren, conducted by Rev. I. J. Gibson. Interment in South Fulton cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 2/20/1935

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