Alene, can you email me when you have time with your postal address. I have some photos from the news clippings about this incident. It includes photos of the house, the funeral, and even a family portrait. No obituary though.
Here's one of the articles:
Curious Crowd Around Father
Mrs. Nollen's Love of Family Told
DENISON, IA- Approximately 3,000 persons - curious and sympathetic- stood attendtively for almost two hours in the scorching sun here Tuesday to hear the eulogy of Mrs. Albert Nollen and her six children.
The large assembly heard the Rev. L. M. Grigsby pay tribute to a mother's love.
Saturday night Mrs. Nollen turned her farm home into a death chamber by piping deadly monoxide gas from the family car into the house killing herself and six children.
In a six page note Mrs. Nollen explained the action by saying, "I am doing this because I can see that this family si not going to be raised up right..." Mrs. Nollen also wrote that her husband drank excessively.
Inside the funeral home stood seven caskets in a row. Seated among the relatives, who crowded all available space sat the husband and father of the victims, Albert Nollen. Throughout the ceremony he maintained a stoic expression. Only once did he wince visibly, then when the Rev. Mr. Grigsby generalized on the evil of drink.
After the servicees the crowd surged around the doorway leading into chapel and passed in single file by the coffins. Many of the women came out of the exit weeping profusely. During the forenoon, about 2000 persons visited the chapel to view the bodies.
Five hearses were needed to bear the bodies from the funeral home to Lutheran cemetery for burial. As the 30 pallbearers came out of the chapel bearing the caskets, officials had to open a lane through the crowd.
When Nollen appeared, the lane narrowed considerably as people surged forward to see the husband. He stood a moment then walked unassisted through the crowd to his car.
Elsie Nollen was 30 years old. The children were: