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Rene Larson

1506 E. Broadmor Drive

Tempe, AZ 85282



The Findlay Morning Republican (Findlay Ohio) Monday November 21, 1927:


"William H. Greer, 74, Liberty township farmer died at 10 o'clock yesterday morning at the Home and Hospital of injuries sustained Thursday afternoon when he was struck and knocked over into the ditch by a hit-skit motorist on the Benton Ridge highway, a mile west of Findlay.


A decided turn for the worse was noticed in Greer's condition at midnight Saturday and from then on little hope was held for his recovery.  He had begun to fall Saturday afternoon, however, Up to that time his condition had been favorable.


Rites Tomorrow.


He suffered concusion of the brain, back injuries and severe bruises. It was believed that his back hurts developed into internal injuries.


The body was removed to the Barnhart funeral home, from where the services will be held at one o’clock tomorrow, with Dr. B.W. Ziegler, pastor of the First English Lutheran church of which he was a member, officiating.  Interment will take place in Maple Grove cemetery.


The fatal accident happened at 1:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon, only a short distance from Greer’s farm which is located on the Benton Ridgeway highway.


Greer, it was said, was walking along the edge of the highway.  He was struck and knocked over into the ditch by a motorist who failed to stop after the accident.  Greer was knocked unconscious.  Efforts to learn the name of the motorist have been futile.


Taken to Hospital.


It was believed that Greer lay unconscious in the ditch for 15 or 20 minutes before he was noticed by a passing motorist.  An ambulance was summoned and he was rushed to the hospital, where he was brought back to consciousness after an hour.


Greer was well known among farmers throughout Liberty township where he had lived for many years, every since early childhood.  He was born April 13, 1853 in Franklin County, O., the son of John and America Greer.


He moved to Hancock County in 1859.  His first wife died in 1893. His second wife died in 1922.  There was one child, who is dead.


Surviving are two brothers, Robert P., St. Marys, O., and Franklin G. Greer, of Ottawa, O.  Mrs. Sarah E. Thompson, of Allen county, is a sister.


Mr. Greer had been a farmer all of his life.


Greer had lived in Hancock county 68 years, 40 years of which had been spent in Findlay.  The home farm of his parents was two miles south of Vanlue.