Child Aged Fourteen Months, Chokes To Death Saturday Eve

Dean Devere, the fourteen-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Litchfield, residing four and one-half miles west of Astoria, choked to death Saturday evening at about 6 o’clock.

Mr. and Mrs. Litchfield were getting ready to attend a Christmas program at the Pleasant Ridge church. The child had been dressed and placed on the floor. Shortly afterward it was noticed that the baby was choking. The parents made every effort to relieve it, but in three minutes time, it was dead. It is not known what the child choked on.

The heart stricken parents have the sympathy of their many neighbors and friends in their great sorrow.

An inquest was held. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death in accordance with the circumstances as developed at the inquiry.

Dean Devere Litchfield, son of Dewey and Alma Litchfield was born October 15, 1920 and departed this life December 24, 1921, being one year, two months and nine days old.

He leaves to mourn their loss, a father, mother and one sister, Maxine, besides his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Gruber and Mr. and Mrs. Manford Litchfield and many relatives and friends.

Funeral, very largely attended, was held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Astoria United Brethren church, conducted by Rev. Ella Niswonger. The family have the sympathy of all.

Those from out of town who attended the funeral were: Mrs. Mary Litchfield, Irvin, Aten; Mr. and Mrs. Millard Litchfield, Mr. and Mrs. Manford McDonald, all of Adair and Mrs. C. H. Ball of Peoria.


Published in the Argus-Search Light on 12/28/1921

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