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