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Neill, Samuel Nelson died 1881


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 10/21/2018 at 18:45:36

Note: I couldn't find an actual obituary for him, only these news articles & the WPA record. S.N. & C.J. Neill (Samuel Nelson Neill & Chauncy Johnson Neill), were sons of Joseph Neill & Emily (Johnson) Neill Belliss. Both men attended the University in Iowa City. The parents are buried in Clayton county.

A Popular Iowa City Man Meets With a Sad Misfortune

Word reached the city this morning that a "smash-up" had occurred on the Burlington railroad at Wellman last night about midnight, and that Mr. S.N. Neil, the popular young express messenger, had been seriously injured. Upon inquiry it was learned that the accident was caused by a "wild" freight train running into the regular "mixed" train in charge of Conductor Williams. The caboose and other cars were badly mashed, and Mr. Neil had his leg broken. No other injuries to persons happened. Mr. Neil's limb was amputated this morning, and he is lying in a serous condition. This affliction leaves Mr. Neil without legs, he having lost one of these necessary members before. His many friends sympathize with him in his misfortune. Agent Hess informed us this afternoon that the debris of the wreck had been removed, and that trains are running as usual.
LATER - Just we go to press we learn the sad intelligence of the death of Mr. Niel.

~Iowa City Daily Republican, Wednesday evening, September 15, 1881

Note: Wellman is in Washington co., Iowa
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-The train conveying the body of Mr. S.N. Neil, arrived at the depot last night at 12:30. The body was taken in charge by Nixon & Brainerd. Mr. G.P. Hess was ordered by the railroad company to see that everything necessary was done for the burial of the body.
-C.J. Neil was called home by the sad death of his brother.
-The funeral services of the late S.N. Neil were held at the Methodist church this afternoon at three o'clock.

~Iowa City Daily Republican, Thursday, September 15, 1881
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The A.O.U.W. attended the funeral of the late S.N. Neill in a body.

~Iowa City Daily Republican, Friday, September 16, 1881
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A shoemaker from Wilton, named Linn, was crushed between the cars at Muscatine, the other day, in the sight of Mr. C.J. Neill, who was boarding the train to attend the funeral of his brother, killed in a similar manner.

~Iowa City Daily Republican, Saturday, September 17, 1881
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Mr. Neill returned from Iowa City last evening, where he has been attending his brother's funeral, and resumed his place to-day as 2nd assistant principal in our High School - Muscatine Tribune

~Iowa City Daily Republican, Thursday, September 22, 1881
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At Wellman, on the B.C.R & N., Sept. 13th, one train dashed into another on the track, and S.N. Neal, of Iowa City, express agent, was so badly crushed that he died shortly afterward.

~Fairfield Tribune, September 22, 1881. Iowa Items column
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WPA records show that S.N. Neill age 28, died Sept 14, 1881, is buried in Oakland cemetery, Iowa City, Johnson co., Iowa. Lot 3 Blk 6


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