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Pine Grove Cemetery
Clinton County, Iowa
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The Clinton Herald Tuesday February 10, 1953 p 8 Press Search for Clinton Man After Car is Found Near River Clinton's sheriff's deputies at presstime today were searching the shoreline of the Mississippi river slough in the vicinity of the 3400 block on McKinley street, after finding an abandoned car owned by Otto :John" W. Paulson of 1008 S. 9th St. Paulson was last seen Saturday morning when he turned in his time card at the Dan Haring company. A search by Clinton police at the man's home revealed that mail and newspapers had not been picked up off the porch over the weekend and that the house was cold and locked. Those that have visited the area had noticed the car for the last three days but it was not until this morning that it was called to the attention of the police. Since it was known Paulson was an ice skating fan, it was believed he might have gone to the area to skate but his skates were found in the abandoned car. His sister, Miss Clara T. Paulson, 2722 N. 3rd St., could offer authorities no information regarding the likely whereabouts of her brother. The abandoned was reported by Don Hurlburt, 3402 McKinley, and Officers John Melendy and John Geltz conducted a preliminary investigation, Sheriff's deputies ere called into the search this afternoon.
The Clinton Herald Wednesday February 11, 1953 p 12 The body of a 79-year-old Clintonian, missing for three days, was recovered from the Mississippi river just north of the city limits about 11 a.m. today after a three-hour search. Officials identified the victim as Otto "John" W. Paulson, 1008 S. 9th St., a bachelor, and theorized that he met his death in the river by falling through the ice while checking the area before skating. Paulson went into the river in a deep-water point roughly opposite the Eagle Point tower, considerably north of the Municipal skating rink, where the depth is merely four or five feet. He was last reporte seen Saturday morning when he turned in his time card at the Dan Haring company. The sheriff's office started a search of the hsoreline of the river slough in the vicinity of the 3400 block of McKinley street Tuesday afternoon, after finding an abandoned car near there owned by Paulson. Paulsen, known as an ice skating fan, left his skated in the auto. Visitors to the area noticed the car for the past three days but didn't report its presence there to police until Tuesday morning, when a check revealed that Paulson's home was not occupied over the weekend. His sister, Miss Clara T. Paulson, 2722 N. 3rd St., could offer authorities no information regarding his likely whereabouts. However officials located Paulson's hat near a break in the ice later Tuesday, too late in the day to start dragging the river. This morning about 8:15 a.m., Sheriff Marvin Bruhn, Deputy Bill Hurlburt, Don Hurlburt and Marvin Olson launched a boat for the search, which ended at 11 a.m. by finding the body about 10 feet north of the opening in the ice. Authorities noticed that marks around the hole showed that Paulson had attempted to claw his way to safety. Coroner Ross King told The Herald at presstime that any inquest into Paulson's death would depend on his further investigation into the circumstances surrounding it.
Otto H. Paulson was born July 22, 1883, in Skone, Sweden, the son of Neis and Kathryn Paulson, and came to the Unitred States as a child. He attended Clinton public schools and later, for many years, was employed as a carpenter for the Don Haring Construction firm. He leaves one sister, Clara T. Paulson of Clinton, and nne brother, J.G. Paulson, of Saskatchewan, Canada; also two nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother. The body reposes in Ugarph chapel. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
The Clinton Herald Thursday February 12, 1953 p 13 Funeral services for Otto H. Paulson, 70, 1008 S. 9th St., who drowned in the Mississippi river last weekend, will be held at the Ugarph funeral chapel of the Synder funeral home at 3 p.m. Friday, with Rev. Theodore Anderson of the Immanuel Lutheran church officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove cemetery.

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