Visits Office To Prove That He Is Not Dead
“I’m not dead, honest I’m not.”
This statement by J. Franklin Wells 29, and of rather quiet disposition caused a general sensation in The Genius office today.
In his hand he held a newspaper In which his death, due to peritonitis was chronicled.
“That isn’t true,” he remarked as he pointed to the “J. Franklin Wells” obituary notice.
Mr. Wells convinced the editor that he was still alive. To strengthen his argument he said he had been to the Minerd undertaking parlors to view the “corpse.”
Mr. Minerd was as much surprised as “J. Franklin.” He knew nothing of any such death and started an investigation to determine the instigator of the hoax.
The “death” notice gave correctly the names of Mr. Wells’ parents and other family connections. The age was given as 27 and it was incorrectly asserted that he was a Uniontown high school graduate.
Mr. Wells had been ill for the last few days of grip but has entirely recovered. Recently he was employed in the repair shop of Bob Miller in Iowa street.
The Morning Herald, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, 20 April 1938, page 9, column 1.
“The Genius” is short for “The Genius of Liberty,” another local paper in the Uniontown area.