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ttOCNG MAN IrtfiS At NIGHT, AFTER BEING STttfCK :••; .•• • •'.- m TRAIN,. . , ; EMPLOYED AS YARD CLERK BY ILLINOIS CENTRAL 00, Victim, 23 Years Old, Son of Mr. and 3Irs. Isaac .Willie; Graduate- of Freeport Hlglt School Struck by a caboose attached .to a switch engine in. the Illinois ..Central yards at Wallace, while standing close to 'the tracks, Thomas F. Willie, .2 years old, 3256 West Lincoln b'oulevard, sustained Injuries which resulted In his death at the Evangelical Deaconess hospital, at 1.1:15 o'clock, two hours after the accident happened. , A call was received at the police station -about 9 o'clock, for the city. 'ambulance to come to the Wallace yards, and. .Warden .Fred Ball and b/'ljccr Edward LaViolet found the injured man on a cushion:' along side the tracks of the Illinois Central, where fellow employes had placed him after having picked him up followtngr 1 the accident. , , ' Examlnatio'n at the hospital . revealed a skull fracture,; concussion of the brain, a fracitured right hip, and internal injuries. Regaining consciousness, the injured young man, stated 'that he had not seen tho car' until it struck . 'liini' and that he had no : chance to get out of the way. . - '.. The accident occurred white he was employed In his duties as night yard clerk In the Wallace yards. ! His death has come as a shocking blow to his family and the large circle o£ friends and acuqaintances, the, sad occuranco'. being ,.,bf- such suddenness -as to make -his untimely passing the niore keenly felt. Native of Freeport ... ; ,n Frepppirt ; April >7, 1905, he at^nded-fo^ pybllorscliools where he graduatQti: ' frorri- !iTreeport .High school in the class- . of 1924. : H.e. was president of his F,reshman; : class and was an active member d£f'the track and relaysteams.. ^Lafe^ lie '-. entered the employ of ithe;Crum-P6rster;>lo- stirance corhpaiiy, and afterward the service of the Illinois Central, where lie has: been employed for the past two years. Surviving are his parents, Mr., and Mrs. Isaac Willie, 125G West Lincoln boulevard, with whom he., resided, and two sisters, -.Mary Jane, and MargarSt both of Freeport. He was a member of Grace Episcopal church and highly esteemed by all who knew him. Funeral." arrangements are being held in abeyance pending word from a' sister oC the deceased who is away from home. Coroner E. A. Diestol- meler will conduct an inquest sometime today.

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  1. Freeport Journal-Standard,
  2. 14 Jun 1927, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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