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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - LeRoy A. Schwemm

Crystal Lake Herald - October 5, 1939

LeRoy A. Schwemm, formerly of Algonquin and well known here, was killed Saturday in a tractor accident on the Public Service Company model farm near Mundelein. A coroner's jury returned a verdict of accidental death although the manner in which Schwemm's body got between the tractor and the plow will likely never be known.

Plowing for more than an hour, Schwemm had reached one corner of the field. Whether he was thrown from his seat or was making an adjustment is not known. His body was found in a sitting position with the heavy tractor wheel revolving, it having worn a gaping wound into his side. Mud prevented the tractor from being able to pull the plow over Schwemm's body. Neighbors noted that the tractor had been standing still for more than a half hour with the motor running and went to investigate.

Schwemm was born November 14, 1909 in Algonquin, and was well and favorably known. He was married June 20, 1936 to the former Marion Ebel who with a 6-month daughter survives. Other surviving relatives are: Mr. and Mrs. Wm Schwemm of Crystal Lake; seven brothers - Emil, Edwin, Alvin, Raymond, Gordon, Leslie and Howard and one sister, Esther.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Schwemm home in Mundelein, and at the Lutheran Church in Libertyville. Burial was at Algonquin.

Leroy and Marion Ebel Schwemm with daughter Jean

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