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Levi Gerald Sampica
1871–October 1920
Dies Following Severe Injuries
Quarry Superintendent—Injured by Machinery

Levi Sampica of Stone City, died last Sunday following an injury received at the Hawkeye Quarries plant the previous Thursday.
Mr. Sampica was superintendent of the Stone City plant for the company for which he worked. Thursday afternoon he was repairing a machine at the crushing plant. His clothing caught between a belt and a pulley and he was thrown into the air. He sustained compound fractures of the thigh and a fracture of both bones a few inches above the ankle. Dr. A. Paul and Dr. Huntee of Anamosa attended to his injuries. He apparently suffered no internal injuries and was expected to recover rapidly while cared for in his own home.
Mr. Sampica was of fine physique about 49 years of age, and practically all his life had been spent in the stone quarries in Stone City. His death came as a shock to his relatives and friends and was due to a fatty embolism on the brain caused by the injuries. (Transcriber's words: Fatty embolism to the brain is a stroke.)
The funeral was held at the Stone City Catholic Church last Thursday and burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Anamosa. Mr. Sampica is survived by five sons and two daughters.

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Source: Anamosa Journal, Anamosa, IA, October 1920, Vol. 66, No. 11
Note: Transcribed by Marie Sampica Froehlich, January 1995

Fatal Accident in Quarries
Levi Sampica loses life at Stone City

Levi Sampica, local superintendent of the Hawkeye Quarries Company of Stone City died Sunday morning from the shock received by injuries sustained last Thursday.
For many years Mr. Sampica has worked in the different quarries in and around Stone City. Thursday afternoon while replacing a belt on a revolving screen in the crushing plant his clothes became entangled in the machinery and he was thrown in the air resulting in injuries that caused his death.
The deceased was about 49 years old. He is survived by his wife, five sons and two daughters. The sons are all employed with the father and live at home. The older daughter is married and the younger daughter lives at home.
The funeral was held Tuesday morning at St. Joseph's Church, Stone City, and burial in Holy Cross Cemetery at Anamosa. Rev. Keffeler read the mass and paid a worthy tribute to the deceased.
Mr. Sampica was one of the most efficient quarrymen ever employed at Stone City. He was a hard worker, dutiful to his large family, and his death is a great loss to the community.

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Source: Anamosa Journal, Anamosa, IA, Thursday, 21 Oct 1920
Note: Transcribed by Marie Sampica Froehlich, January 1995

STONE CITY

Each member of our community was deeply grieved last Thursday afternoon upon learning of the serious accident which happened to Mr. Levi Sampica, a longtime resident of our vicinity, at the Champion Quarries of which place he had been superintendent for the past several months. He failed rapidly till Sunday morning [and] at eleven-thirty his soul passed to its eternal reward. He was a life long member of the Catholic Church and received the rites of his Church before sinking into unconsciousness. He was buried from St. Joseph's Church on Tuesday morning, services being conducted by Rev. Fr. Keffeler, and internment at Holy Cross Cemetery at Anamosa. He leaves behind him his sorrowing wife, two daughters and five sons to mourn the loss of a most kind and gentle husband and father. Two sons preceded him in death. The sincere sympathy of all is extended to the sorrowing relatives in this sad hour.

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Note: Transcribed by Marie Sampica Froehlich, January 1995

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