25 July 2010

Obituary--John W. Ball

I have been quite surprised at the number of deaths caused by "traffic accidents" back before automobiles were common. This obituary is another when someone fell from a wagon and died.

From the 28 October 1915, Fremont TimesIndicator:


John W. Ball, a resident of Garfield township, living about six miles from this city, fell from his wagon Monday and was instantly killed. Mr Ball was hauling beans to his barn. It is thought that the wagon struck a post, throwing him headlong to the ground, breaking his neck and causing instant death. He was 65 years of age.
Mr. Ball, who was familiarly know as Harry, was born in Wayne county, Pennsylvania, March 21, 1850. and came to Michigan when about 19 years of age to work in the lumber camps. He was married December 24, 1879 to Mary S. McElfish, at Evart, Mich. No children were born to them, but one boy, Floyd Ball, was adopted and was living at home.
The funeral services were held yesterday morning from the home and interment took place in White cloud. Rev. J. F. Bowerman, of the Methodist church officiated.

Did you catch that? His name is John W. and he was known as Harry? How did that happen? I always get so many off the wall questions when I read these type of things.

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