A Rolla man died of a heart attack while being held in the city jail here Saturday morning.
John Moneymaker 47, of 403 Pine street, was found about 2:30 am Saturday morning lying near the railroad tracks. Officers said the he was so cold when he was found that he could not stand or walk unassisted.
He was taken to the city jail, where he was lodged with two other prisoners, with officers checking on him frequently during the night.
Chief of Police Sherman V. Bramlett said he was "up and around talking to other prisoners" about 7:30 when he was given hot chocolate and donuts.
About 8:30, officers were called into the cell by two fellow prisoners, who said Moneymaker lay down on the floor of the cell and lapped into unconsciousness. A physician was called to the jail, arriving five minutes later and pronounced him dead.
Corner Paul Null said that the cause of death was attributed to natural causes. An inquiry was held this morning.
There was no evidence of mistreatment or neglect on part of the officers according to the findings at the inquest. The man had no injuries contray to rumors. Chief Bramlett said he was not aware of it at the time of incarceration, but stated he had learned from a companion of Moneymaker, Oriville Baker, with whom he had been living that he had eaten only one meal in the past eight days.
Moneymaker was born August 15, 1915 at Edgar Springs MO. He was a life-long resident of this area. He was an Air Force veteran, serving in WWII.
Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Elsie Moneymaker of Rolla, a daughter Mrs. Donal Horn of Doolittle; two grandchildren; five brothers; Paul of Fairbanks AK, Frank of Bakersfield CA; Earl of Newburg; Melvin of Granite City IL; and Lou of Rolla; three sisters; Mrs. Evelyn Meade of Chelsea IA; Mrs. Edith Fisher of Independence MO; Mrs. Essie Allen of Memphis TN.
Service will be at the Null and Son Chapel, at 1pm Thursday with the Rev. E.A. Hamlin officiating. Burial will be in Pilot Knob Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the funeral home beginning Wednesday.
Newspaper clipping submitted by Steven C. Swafford