Harley Melvin Sefrit, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Sefrit, passed away Thursday, December 12, at the home adjoining Delpos after an illness of two weeks duration. He had been confined to the house for several days and on Monday before his death symptoms of diptheria developed. A specilaist was called in consultation and everything possible was done to overcome the disease, but he grew gradually weaker until Thursday when life passed out. On account of the nature of the disease a public funeral was not held. The body was brought to Mount Ayr and laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery, a short service being held at the grave.
The death of Harley Sefrit brings profound sorrow to the hearts of the people of the community. He was born April 5, 1896, near Woodburn, Lucas County, Iowa, where he grew to manhood, attended the public schools and by association with his father in farming and stock raising had prepared for a useful life. He was a member of the firm of George W. Sefrit and Sons, proprietors of Delphos Stock farm, known throughout the country as leading breeders of Poland China hogs. He had just reached that age in life when he was prepared to assume large responsibilities. He was a young man of clean character and his sterling manhood commanded the admiration and respect of his acquaintances. In his death Ringgold County loses one of its best young men and the agricultural and stock raising interests suffers an irreparable loss. The heart felt sympathy of the people of the entire community is extended to the sorrowing parents, the brothers and sisters in their hour of deep sorrow.