SHEARN, Will 1883-1909
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Date: 9/25/2016 at 07:23:40
Grant Twp. Man Killed
Will Shearn Falls From Train at Hicks Sunday Night
Young Man was Son of M. J. Shearn
Will Shearn was found dead along the railroad track about 150 rods west of the station at Hicks about eight o'clock Monday morning. He was found by the Great Western Section foreman at Hicks. County Coroner L. H. Carpenter of this city was notified at once and he in company with W. E. Morrison drove out to the scene of the accident and held an inquest. The verdict of the coroners jury was that death was due to a broken neck received while falling from a Great Western train. The inquest was held at the place where the body was found.
Will Shearn was a son of Michael Shearn who is an old resident of Grant township. Their home is about five miles north of Reinbeck. The young man was 26 years old. He was the oldest among the children. He was last seen alive at Reinbeck at about eleven o'clock Sunday night. The supposition is that he boarded the Great Western through train which leaves Reinbeck about midnight and that he was out on the steps of the train and fell off. He was badly bruised. His neck was broken, as was also his left leg. An ugly wound was on the back of his head and another above one of his eyes. Death must have been instantaneous.
The family were advised of the accident at once and it was a sad blow to them.
Funeral services conducted by Rev. Father Hogan were held at the Catholic church in Grant township at ten o'clock yesterday forenoon.
--Grundy County Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 29 April 1909, pg 1
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