Lawrence Henry Slavens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oder Slavens, was born January 22, 1903 at North Salem, Indiana. When a small child the family moved to Plainfield, where he completed his schooling. For the last six years he has been engaged in electrical work and at which he met his death. He was united with the Christian church in 1917.
Lawrence was a boy with a cheerful smile and a friendly greeting for everyone he knew. Lawrence was to have married Miss Dorothy Russell of North Vernon in September, but the joy and happiness planned has been turned into sorrow and grief. The loss of Lawrence means the loss of a loving son, a boy of good deeds and noble character. He leaves to mourn him, a father, mother, one brother, Cecil, and sister Netah, three grandparents and other relatives and many friends.
Plainfield, Ind. Messenger, August 16, 1928
Lawrence Slavens, age 25 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oder Slavens of Plainfield, a lineman for Indaian Power and Light Co., received an electric shock while working on a pole in Indianapolis and was hurled 45 feet to the ground. He was dead when fellow workmen reached him. Deputy Coroner Hadden of Marion Co. attributed his death to electrocution and and a broken neck suffered in the fall.
The word of his death greatly shocked his community where was well known and well liked.
Slavens and a crew of workmen were stringing a new line along 62nd street. Slavens had climbed a pole first and was being followed by a second lineman, W.R.Knight of Indianapolis. As Slavens neared the top of the pole, Knight said he wavered, cried out, and then clutched the pole tightly. A moment later he released his grip and pitched headlong to the ground, striking on his head and shoulders. His clothing was damp with perspiration and for this reason it is believed he received the full force of the current to his body after he had come in contact with a high voltage wire or a piece of metal attached to the wire. His left arm and breast which had been in contact with the conductor were burned.
Mr. Slavens had been employed for the past four years and was by the power company at intervals considered an expert at his work. He learned the electrical trade under O.T. Hancock and for a time worked for the Consolidated Telephone Company at Plainfield.
He was born on Jan. 22, 1903 at North Salem, Indiana and had lived in Plainfield for eleven years where he completed the common schools. He was a member of the Plainfield Christian Church.
Mr. Slavens was to have been married to Miss Dorothy Russell of Indianapolis in September and had been making plans for this event for several months. His fiancee had visited with him several times in Plainfield and is well known to local people.
He is survived by his parents, a brother Cecil of Plainfield, a sister Mrs. Clarence Bray of Six Points, and three grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. P.T. Lane of Danville and Mrs. William Slavens of Earlham, Iowa.
The funeral was held from the home of his parents today at two o'clock in charge of Rev. A.D. McMurray of Plainfield. Burial will be in the Maple Hill cemetery, Plainfield.
Plainfield (Ind.) Messenger, Aug. 9, 1928
Among the out of town relatives to attend the funeral of Mr. Lawrence Slavens, fatally injured last week in Indianapolis while working at his trade of lineman, were: Mr. and Mrs. P.T. Lane, his grandparents, and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Montgomery of Danville, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Johnson of Richmond, Mr. Jesse Slavens and three sons of Crawfordsville, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lane of Columbus, Ohio, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Montgomery, Mr. Arthur V. Lane, Mrs. Elizabeth Van Nuys, Mrs. Lillie Damerick, and Mrs. Bertha Damerick, all of Indianapolis, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar English, Mr. Oliver Gowin, Mr. Buck Gowin, Mrs. Ruth Denny and Mr. Clarence Gowin, all of Danville, Mrs. Mary Blackburn of Jamestown, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Montgomery of Salem, Mrs. John Bryan and Mrs. Lois Brown of Montclair, Mr. and Mrs. james Lafoe of New Winchester, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Moode and daughter of Danville, Mrs. Elsie Russell and daughter Edith of North Vernon, and Mr. Ralph Hess of North Vernon.
Plainfield (Ind.) Messenger, Aug. 16, 1928