Friday, December 12, 2014

Death info on Olaf S. Jespersen

Olaf Soestres Jespersen was one of George's brother-in-laws.
He married George's sister, Ruth.
"Olaf Jesperson- First husband of Ruth"
From the personal albums of Albert Winterrose

According to these documents the following dates apply:
BIRTH: 2 Sept 1892- Huntsville, Weber, Utah
DEATH: 19 July 1925- Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
He was 32 years old when he was tragically struck by lightning.

Newspaper article:
SOURCE: Salt Lake Telegram 1925, Jul 20, p.2
Newspaper article transcribed:
Farmer Is Victim of Lightning-
Storm Plays Pranks Through Utah
The storm which threatened Salt Lake Sunday and in its fury carried a cloudburst and one of the most severe electrical disturbances in history to the southern portion of the county, killing one and injuring another, completely dissipated itself Monday morning here in a magnificent torrential rain, which flooded streets and paralyzed business for the time.
While irrigating on the Bristol farm near the mouth of Big Cottonwood canyon Sunday afternoon, Olaf S. Jesperson, 32, formerly of Malta, Ida., was struck and instantly killed by lightning.
Mr. Jesperson came to Utah about three months ago and engaged in farming and mercantile business.  He was 32 years of age and is survived by his widow and two children, Lee L., and an infant two months old.  The body was taken to the Eddington mortuary.

Funeral notice:
SOURCE: Salt Lake Telegram 1925, Jul 22, p.14
Funeral notice transcribed:
JESPERSON- Funeral services for Olaf ... Jesperson will be held Thursday at 12 p.m. in the Wilford ward chapel.  The body will lie in state at the chapel from 11:20 till 2 o'clock.  He is survived by his wife, Ruth Lythgoe Jesperson, and two sons.
*Spelling corrected wherein I was aware, though I left the variant spelling of "Jesperson" alone.

Death Certificate:
SOURCE: Utah State Archives

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