Ewell Alfred
Alfred Ewell

1905 - 1950


Alfred Ewell, 47 a farm worker living north of Eldorado near Broughton, met with tragic death Tuesday night in a fire which completely distroyed his farm home.

The charred body of Ewell was found by men who attracted by the blaze went to the scene and on making inquiries found that he had returned to his home earlier in the evening by Henry Coontz, at whose farm Ewell had worked shucking corn. Mr Coontz, stated that he and Mr. Ewell had taken corn to broughton and had returned to the Coontz home for the evening meal. He took Ewell to his home an Ewell told Mr. Coontz that he was going to fix up the fire, get the house warm and then retire.

An overheated stove possibly caused the fire, and evidently Mr. Ewell had gone to bed, as his body was found between the bed and the stove. It is thought he had attempted to get to the stove or get out of the burning house. Mr. Ewell was alone at the time, as his wife, Agnes was visiting in Kansas City with a daughter Evelyn Ewell.

Besides the wife and daughter he is survived by the following brothers and sisters; Clarence Ewell, Mrs. Pearl Gribble, Rudement, Clifford Ewell, Chicago, Elijah Ewell, a twin brother of Mitchellsville and a half brother, Clarence Ewell of Harrisburg.

The body was received by the Sander's Funeral Home in McLeansboro, was later removed to the Gibbons funeral home in Harrisburg.

An Inquest will be held at 9 a.m. Friday by Elmo Gholson, Hamilton County Coroner.