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Title: Williamsport, IN Warren Review Thursday, August 8, 1901 Edition
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Hosea Cronkhite, an old and esteemed citizen of Steuben Township, after a prolonged illness, died at his home near Marshfield, Saturday morning. The funeral services were held at the residence Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. W. Shell of State Line officiating. The burial was under the auspices of the Masonic Fraternity. Interment was made in the West Lebanon Cemetery. Deceased was 57 years old and was married twice, both wives being dead. He leaves two sons. Death of John Beckett Monday, July 29. Mr. and Mrs. Beckett spent in Danville, returning home on the evening train. Shortly after reaching their rooms in Mrs. Hefferman's house, he suddenly expired. Mr. Beckett's health had been failing for the past year and the object of his going to Danville was to get medicine such as he had been using for relief. His death was the result of an old chronic disease. On Wednesday morning, July 31, 1901, Rev. Niswonger of F. M. Church, Marshfield, held brief religious services after which the remains were taken to the church in State Line. The Methodist pastor, Rev. Mr. Shell, preached a funeral discourse and the body was buried on his father's farm at Gopher Hill. Mrs. Beckett has the deepest sympathy of the citizens in her bereavement, which is doubly sad by coming so unexpectedly. She will return home with a sister to Illinois. The kindest wishes of friends go with her. John Beckett was born in Kent Township, Warren county, Ind., Dec. 22, 1851. He was 5th of a family of 10 children. His education was obtained in the country schools near home with the exception of one year away to high school. He began teaching at 19 years of age in which profession he was engaged up to the time of his death. As a successful teacher, he was well known throughout the county. He was married to Miss Alfarata Johnson of Watseka, Iroquois County, Ill., July 25, 1885. Some time in 1898 Mr. Beckett was converted and joined the M. E. Church under the pastorate of Rev. Jacob Leatherman at Mulberry Grove, Bond County, Ill. A Horrible Death John Songer, the head sawyer in the Harvey sawmill at this place, went to Attica last Friday evening with Walter Mathis in a buggy. He was under the influence of liquor when he left, and drank more after getting there. He had gone over to attend the Wallace show. After the show he started to walk back along the Wabash track and had gotten this side of Hillside Cemetery when he laid down on the track and soon fell asleep. How long he laid there no one will ever know. The first train to come along was No. 2, east bound, which is a flyer and passes this place at 2:01 a.m. The head was severed from the body just in front of the ears, leaving the lower part of the face in good condition by which he was afterwards identified. The arms and chest were in fair condition, one arm showing the mark of a car wheel. The body was cut in two and the entrails stewed hither and yon. One leg was cut from the trunk of the hip and also cut in two below the knee and the other leg was cut off at the knee. The toes were bruised and the skin broken. The watch he carried was mashed beyond repair. The brains were scattered along the track and portions of the skull were picked up at different places. The man was torn in six separate parts which undertaker Boyd dressed and then wrapped in cloths, He was past putting together in Human form. The accident was not discovered until Saturday morning by Fred Butt who was on his way home from Attica. An inquest was held by the verdict being in accordance to the foregoing facts. Engineer Melville of the flyer, was present and said his train was going at the terrific speed of 80 miles an hour, when it passed Williamsport. The ghastly remains were gathered up and removed to Correll and Boyd's undertaking rooms where they were decently prepared for the grave. The funeral was held at the Baptist Church in Attica, Sunday morning, the pastor of that church officiating and interment was made in Riverside Cemetery. Deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Songer who live at Attica, and was born October 24, 1856, being 44 years, 9 months and 9 days of age. With his parents moved to Attica when young. Prior to his moving to this place, he worked for Clark, of Attica in a sawmill. He has been in charge of the Harvey Mill here since the mill began running and was an industrious man. He formerly belonged to the Baptist church. He leaves a wife and seven children, two of whom are married- Zeke Songer and Mrs. Dwight Epperson, both of Attica.

Date: 8/8/1901
Origin: Warren Review Extracted from Microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003754
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 2/28/2015
Entered By: Chris Brown

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