Forreston Herald, Forreston, Illinois: May 16, 1874:
Saturday morning a telegraph dispatch from Sadalia, MO. conveyed the sad intelligence to Adam Wilson, that his son John A. Wilson had been run over by a car and instantly killed at Pleasant Green, Mo.
The circumstances as nearly as can be obtained are as follows:--
He was en-route from Baileyville to Dallas, Texas, with stock; he left here Tuesday morning the 5th calculating to overtake E. C. Lott (who started with the stock Monday p.m.) at Quincy or Hannibal, Tuesday night, when Lott would take the passenger train and make Dallas and complete the arrangements to receive the stock, when Wilson should arrive.
At Pleasant Green, Wilson was off the train and in the attempt to get aboard was thrown under the wheels and three or four cars passing over nearly severed his head and one arm from the body, killing him instantly. The way bill being in E. C. Lotts name led the R. R. men to think it was Lott, hence the error was telegraphed to the Chicago papers. The body was brought back to Sadalia when an inquest was held and the arrangements for his burial were made. Mr. Z. Kellogg, an Uncle being providentially detained at Sadalia, overheard some people at the breakfast table talking about the accident, was intuitively impressed it might be Wilson, knowing he intended to ship some stock went to where the body was, and recognized his nephew and claimed the right to return the remains to his parents, thereby providential chance saved the body from being buried with the unrecognized dead.
The funeral services were at the house of his father, was largely attended by relations and friends. He leaves a wife and two little girls. Thus, without warning was the wife widowed, and the children left fatherless, his father and mother bereft of a son his sisters of a kind brother.
The entire community condole with the relatives in their sad bereavement.
Submitted by Morgan
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