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Jacksonville Journal, November 25, 1924


Services Conducted Yesterday Morning at Nortonville for Victim of Accident - Coroners Jury finds Accidental Death.

Funeral services for William Tribble who met death by being struck by a train Saturday afternoon, were conducted from the Youngblood Church at Nortonville yesterday morning at 11 o'clock in charge of Rev. W. R. Johnson. Interment was in Youngblood Cemetery.

Music was furnished by the church choir and the flowers were cared for by Mrs. William Meed, Mrs. Louise Tribble, Mrs. Jessie Tribble and Miss Bessie Hayes.

The bearers were Charles Story, Frank Tribble, John Kelley, Ezekiel Edwards, Gideon Claussen and Gus Henry.

A coroner's jury impaneled yesterday afternoon to inquire into the death of William Tribble found that he came to his death by being accidentally struck by train No. 9 of the Wabash Railway Company at the North East Street crossing. The jury was composed of Ralph Withee, foreman; J. L. Tayman, Charles M. Johnson, C. O. Bayha, Glenn W. Howard and Walter DeShara.

Seven witnesses were examined including Doris Sweeney, Emma Hoban, August Huss, James J. Sullivan of this city; J. E. Wright, C. M. Meats and R. R. Fuson, members of the train crew. Mrs. Sweeney stated that she saw Mr. Tribble walking toward the tracks but did not see the train hit him. She stated that the train was traveling at about the same rate of speed that freight trains usually travel past that point, and that it ran almost to the Swift & Co. plants before coming to a stop. Mrs. Hoban said she saw Mr. Tribble running south to the crossing when the engine hit him. Practically the same testimony was given by August Huss and James J. Sullivan.

Testimony of Wright, Meats and Fuson dealt mostly with the speed of the train and the signals given. They declared the whistle was blown twice for the crossing and that the bell was ringing continuously.

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