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Gazer L. Hager, well-known farmer and livestock man, died of a heart attack in a field where he was working about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. He was 74 years old on Sunday.

A farmer in the Helmick neighborhood, he was on a load of hay when he was stricken. He fell from the wagon onto the ground where his body was discovered by a neighbor, Charles Krause.

Krause had noticed the team standing in the field for an unusually long period of time and went to investigate when he noticed they were restless. County officers and Dr. N. A. Burkett were called, and the latter said death was caused by a heart attack.

Born in Austria-Hungary in 1876, he came to this country when he was about six years old. His father and brother died soon after arriving in the United States, and he and his mother came to Kansas to settle near Lawrence. He moved to Morris County as a young man. Mr. Hager lived in the neighborhood of Kahola Lake for more than 20 years and owned a large amount of land in that area.

Surviving him besides his wife are the following children: Raymond Hager and Ross Hager of Council Grove, Gene Hager of Wichita, John Hager of Burley, ID., Mrs. George Fries of Bartlesville, Mrs. Frankie Richardson of Topeka and Mrs. Preston Thomas and Mrs. Mabel Holcomb of Council Grove and Mrs. George Burton of El Cajon, California. Two half-brothers, Jim Revere and Frank Revere of Council Grove.

Completion of funeral services was being held up today awaiting word from the son in Idaho.
Transcribed and Contributed by Kenneth Thomas

Last Updated:  Sunday, November 06, 2005 23:32:40

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