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PILMER, John (1847-1905)


Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 1/26/2023 at 11:49:20

John Pilmer
(March 7, 1847 – July 8, 1905)

Indianola Herald, Indianola, Iowa, Thurs., July 13, 1905, p.6, col.1
Word comes that John Pilmer, formerly of this county, but for many years a resident of Boise City, Idaho, was killed Friday of last week by the street cars. He was hard of hearing and the car ran him down

Tribune, Indianola, Iowa, Thurs., July 13, 1905, p.2, col.6
Scotch Ridge – Mrs. Pilmer received the sad news of the death of her son-in-law, John Pilmer, Saturday afternoon. He was instantly killed by an electric street car that morning. The body will be brought here for burial in the ridge cemetery. We extend our Christian sympathy to the bereaved families.
[1900 federal census, Boise, Ada County, Idaho, lists John Pilmer, born March 1847, Scotland]

Idaho Daily Statesman, Boise, Idaho, July 9, 1905, p.2, col.1
Killed By A Car – John Pilmer Run Over While Leading Horse Across the Track – Clung To Halter Rope After He Was Struck
[Note: Portions of this very long article are typed for this obituary]
John Pilmer, who had been a resident of Boise for 12 years and of Idaho for 20, being one of the best known citizens of the capital city, met his death beneath the wheels of a Boise Traction company’s car about 8:30 o’clock yesterday morning. His body was mangled so badly that he died within a few moments after he had been struck by the car. Mr. Pilmer had left his home at 1904 Eastman Street to go to a blacksmith shop, leading a horse up Brumback street toward the shop. As he crossed the street car tracks at Eighteenth street, a car came down unseen and unheard by Mr. Pilmer, who was quite deaf in one ear, besides being blind in the eye toward the approaching street car. He succeeded, however, in getting safely across the track, when the horse, jerking back on the halter rope, pulled him again between the rails, just in front of the car. He was tripped by the fender and came down upon it with such force as to bend the rods almost to the ground. With characteristic determination, however, he clung all the while to the rope by which he had been leading his horse, and was apparently pulled from the fender by the frightened animal, rolling beneath the wheels of the car…..
Born in Scotland
Mr. Pilmer was born in Scotland 58 years ago, but he came to this country with his parents when only two years of age. After living for a time in Ohio, the family lived for many years in Des Moines, Iowa, whence Mr. Pilmer came to Idaho about 1885. He first settled in Hailey, but had made Boise his home for the past 12 years. He was one of the leading contractors of the city, among the most prominent examples of his work being the vitrified brick pavement on South Eighth street and a number of alleys of the business district. He is survived by Mrs. Pilmer to whom he was married in Des Moines about five years ago.

Indianola Herald, Indianola, Iowa, Thurs., Dec 8, 1892, p.2, col.4
Mr. John Pilmer, formerly of Greenfield Township, now of Boise City, Idaho, is visiting friends and relatives in Warren County. Mr. Pilmer has recently been appointed by the governor of Idaho as Sheriif of Canyon County, to take effect Jan. 1, 1893. The appointment is for two years.


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