Obit: Stiefvater, George (1900? - 1942)

Contact: Audrey Roedl

Surnames: Stiefvater, Kitzhaber

----Source: The Loyal Tribune, 05 February 1942

Stiefvater, George (1900? - 24 JAN 1942)

Because of ill health and despondent because of unemployment, Geo. Stiefvater, 41, who was employed until last week as a farm hand in the Town of Colby, died of self-inflicted carbon monoxide poisoning while seated in his car on a township road near the Fred Limprecht farm late Saturday afternoon, January 24.

George, with his wife and children, was moving the household goods to the home of his father-in-law, L. A. Kitzhaber, while they made arrangements to rent another farm. He had been to several places previous to Saturday but had not found a place.

Saturday Stiefvater attached Kitzhaber’s trailer to his car and with his wife drove to the Steinwand farm near Colby, to get their household goods. After starting on the return trip with the load, one of the tires on the trailer had a blowout. Leaving the trailer near Owen, they returned to the Kitzhaber farm for repairs. Getting the repairs, he started back for the trailer. Just what happened to stop him or where he went will be a mystery. The car with his dead body was found shortly after 5 o’clock by men returning from cutting wood. Dr. Overman was called and finding him beyond help, called P. C. Ludovic, the coroner.

He had driven his car onto a seldom used road in the town of Warner, where he stopped, cut an inner tube, and attached one end to the exhaust pipe and run the other end of the tube into the car window, stuffing the window with old rags. He then started the engine and awaited death.

George was well known to many folks in and around Loyal who extend sympathy to his wife and children. He was a twin brother of Ed Steifvater, who formerly operated the Standard Service Station in this village.



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