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Lyman Elledge, 65, was found bludgeoned to death on the front lawn of the Barney Wiskus home in Colesburg, Iowa, at about 7 a.m. on Friday, September 28, 1951.
Delaware County Coroner Dr. Paul G. Meyer said autopsy results showed Elledge died from a skull fracture wound to the back of his head.
In a Dubuque Telegraph-Herald article dated October 7, 1951, Sheriff Arthur Longseth of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office said various theories were being investigated, but robbery was not being considered a motive.
State agents and Deputy Dorrance Fowler were also assisting in the investigation.
Elledge’s glasses were found a block from where his body was discovered, and his shoes had been removed.
According to a published report in the Cedar Rapids Gazette dated September 30, 1951, people passing by on the way to work at about 6 a.m. had seen Elledge alive at the spot where he later was found dead.
Lyman S. Elledge was born in Delaware, Iowa, on May 18, 1886 to Jasper V. Elledge and Ida Belle (Lewis) Elledge.
Lyman was one of 11 siblings: brothers Jerrett, Joel, Daniel, James, Jasper, Bert and Russell, and sisters Gertrude, Violet and Ida.
Lyman married Frances Irene Feidt on June 13, 1910, and the couple had three children, including Viola Mae and Marie Geneva.
Services were held Monday, October 1 at 2 p.m. at the Rhines funeral home in Edgewood.
Lyman was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Jerrett and Joel, and sisters Gertrude and Violet.
He was buried at Asbury Cemetery in Elkport, Clayton County, Iowa.
If you have any information about Lyman Elledge’s unsolved murder please contact the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office at (563) 927-3135.