Stillwater Valley News
December 28, 1931
Meets Death In Tragic Accident
Herschel Fry, 20 years old, a former Darke county resident, was killed at about ten a.m. Saturday in an unusual accident at the Kimmel grain elevator at West Manchester, where he had been employed for several years. There were no witnesses to the tragic affair, but according to reports, Fry's clothing was evidently caught in the chain grain carrier of left. He was pulled onto the carrier, where he was literally beaten to death as it revolved. Examiners state his neck and back were broken and that one arm had been fractured. His dead body was found at 10:30 a.m. by the elevator proprietor, Elmer Kimmel, and a fellow workman. The accident occurred on the second floor of the elevator, where he was working alone. It is claimed that he was last seen alive at about 9:45 a.m. Mr. Fry was a married man. His widow and three small children live in West Manchester. His mother, Mrs. Charles Fry, also resides in the neighboring Preble County town. The only other immediate survivor is a brother, who lives in Dayton. His father, the late Charles Fry died at his home, six miles south of Greenville, about six years ago. His death was due to a heart attack, with which he was stricken while cranking an automobile. Fry formerly lived with his parents on the Darke county farm, and should be well remembered in Greenville and vicinity.
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