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Title: Williamsport, IN. Warren Review- Thursday, May 4, 1899 Edition
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Coroner Jones of this county was called last Friday to Covington to hold an inquest over the mangled remains of John Harvey, a young man about 30 years of age, who was working on the gravel train engaged in hauling gravel for the Big 4 Ry., from the Mound City gravel pit, in this county. The wreck occurred last Thursday afternoon at about three o'clock while switching. Harvey was tending the switch and braking and at the time of the accident he was setting the brake on the second car from head end, track was down grade; 50 loaded cars were in front of several empties, train was going at speed of 4 miles an hour. One car was smashed and one was pitched up on top of another, both being empties. Harvey was caught by the car that was thrown up and his neck was broken, right leg and right arm were broken and bowels torn out. He was dead when the men reached him. Deceased was an industrious and sober man. The witnesses were: W. S. Lucas, brakeman on gravel train; C. M. Copprock, engineer of gravel train; W.B. Wittaker, crane man on steam shovel; Charles Heth, fireman on engine 530; Zach Jenkins, helper on steam shovel. The finding of the coroner was in accordance to the above facts. Mr. John Bowling, aged about 80 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jesse Willis, in this place, Tuesday morning, from asthma and heart disease. He had been seriously sick only two weeks before death. Three weeks ago, he came to his daughter's from Huntington, Ind., where his wife lives. Remains will be buried at Independence today, the funeral services being held at 10 o'clock in the United Brethren Church there, Rev. Mr. Cowgill officiating. Deceased was a lifetime church member. He was the father of five daughters, three of whom survive him. Mrs. Sallie Swank, his only living sister, of Illinois, arrived here Tuesday afternoon to see him, not knowing of his death until she got off the train. Deceased was well known in Warren Township, as he had been for many years in his younger days a citizen there. The 11-year-old son of Harry Fowler died Sunday night after a long illness. Funeral at the M. E. Church Wednesday at 1 o'clock; interment at Danville. By a late Tulare, Cal., paper we learn that Mrs. Amanda H. Rhodefer died at her home near that city on Sunday, April 17th, 1899, aged 68 years, 8 months and 24 days. The funeral services were held at the family residence on Thursday afternoon, April 20, the officiating minister being Rev. E.D. Weage, pastor of the Congregational Church of which she was a member. Deceased leaves two sons, Edward and Charles Rhodefer. She was the wife of the late James M. Rhodefer, one of the first postmasters of Williamsport back in the fifties. Her husband died here several years ago and is buried in Hillside Cemetery, his tombstone showing him to have been a soldier of the Mexican War. A short time after his death, Mrs. Rhodefer and her two sons went to California to reside on account of her health. Deceased was the sister of the late Alonzo Foster, a former editor and proprietor of the Repupblican, and a sister to Mrs. Jess Harper of Danville, Ill. She was for many years a member of the Presbyterian Church and always lived a devoted Christian life. Edward Wood of Chenneyville, Ill., youngest son of William Wood of this place, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Carrie Keister, last Saturday morning. The Sunday preceding he picked a pimple on his face with a pocketknife, producing blood poison. A day or two after, he complained of not feeling well. He continued to grow worse until Friday evening when he went to bed, where he was confined only a few hours. Saturday morning his father received a phone message announcing his dangerous illness, and twenty minutes later another came telling of his death. He was born at State Line City, this county in 1873, and was 25 years 5 months and two days old at death. The funeral services were held in the church at Chenneyville last Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. Parker Shields, the Methodist pastor at Hoopeston, officiating. Interment was made in the cemetery north of Hoopeston.

Date: 5/4/1899
Origin: Warren Review Extracted from Microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003643
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/6/2014
Entered By: Chris Brown

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