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Tractor Upset Fatal to Bait Farm Operator
Lloyd Blyly, 54 Dies in Pond; Drove School Bus for 8 years

     Lloyd Blyly, 54, was fatally injured Sunday noon when his tractor upset into a pond at the bait farm he has operated for 15 years on the Paw Paw river north of town.  Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Calvin chapel.  The Rev. Robert Geiger officiated an burial was in Maple Hill cemetery
     Michael Walker, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Walker, was driving the tractor and his brother, David, 9, and Blyly were riding on the drawbar at the rear.
     Michael said that as they were going up a hill beside the middle of the three ponds, the tractor was near the edge of the road and he began turning away from the embankment along the pond.  Blyly reached over his shoulder to help him turn the wheel, the boy said, and the tractor suddenly slipped down the embankment.
     David jumped clear and Michael was thrown into neck-deep water, but Blyly was pinned beneath one wheel of the tractor, which lay on its side in the water at the edge of the pond.  Both boys ran for help
     Five men lifted the tractor upright, and although firemen worked on Blyly with their resuscitator for half an hour, they were unable to revive him.  Dr. Carl Boothby, deputy county medical examiner, said that death was caused by suffocation.
     Born at Elkhart, Ind, Blyly had lived at Hartford since 1927.  Before starting his bait business, he was employed by Indiana & Michigan Electric Co. for 12 years and operated the utility’s hydro-electric plant here.  He has been a Hartford school bus driver for eight years.
     Surviving are his wife, Mary, whom he married in 1925; a son, Lawrence of South Bend; a brother, Russell of White Pigeon, Mich.; two sisters, Effie Whitmeyer of Elkhart ad Grace Evens of Sturgis, and two grand-children

Transcribed from the Thursday, October 11, 1956 issue of The Hartford Day Spring.

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