William F. Stewart
WM. F. STEWART KILLED BY BULL AT FARM HOME
Tragedy Occurs Yesterday Afternoon on Webber Township Farm
William F. Stewart, 72, was killed at 2:30 p.m. yesterday by a bull at
his farm home in the Harmony neighborhood, northeast of Mt. Vernon on
RFD 7-A, Webber township. The tragedy occurred while Mr. Stewart and
his wife, Nellie, were cutting hay. They noticed that the cattle were
out of their pasture and started to drive them back. At an inquiry
conducted by Coroner Ben Roeder this morning, Mrs. Stewart said she heard
her husband call for help and that when she found him the bull had him
down. She said the bull picked him up with his head and horns and threw
him down. Authorities said the bull carried and butted Mr. Stewart
across a field for more than 100 yards, leaving his body on the bank of a
creek. Mrs. Stewart ran for aid. Her husband was dead before help
Coroner Roeder returned a verdict of accidental death.
SEND BULL TO SLAUGHTERHOUSE
The bull was loaded into a truck last night and delivered to the
slaughterhouse at National Stockyards.
Mr. Stewart was born February 1, 1880 in Jefferson County, the son of
William and Fredonia (Clifton) Stewart. He was a lifetime resident of
Jefferson County. He was married December 26, 1901 in St. Louis, to
Nellie Russell who survives. Mr. Stewart was a veteran of the Spanish
American War, serving in Co.L 30th Illinois Volunteers. He was a farmer
and also worked in the wood erect shop at the Mt. Vernon car company.
He was a member of Eben Swift Post, Spanish American War Veterans.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Myers Chapel,
with the Rev. Bird Green officiating and burial will be in Atkinson
cemetery. Military rites will be in charge of the American Legion.
The body will remain at Myers Chapel, where friends may call after 2:00
Besides his wife, he is survived by a brother, Charles Stewart of Mt.
Vernon and a sister, Mrs. Ida Ward of Wayne county. He was preceded in
death by a son, William Russell Stewart, and an infant daughter.
Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: June 18, 1952
Submitted by: LaDonna Blevins