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John Morris

Immediate Family:

Son of James Henry Morris and Katherine Caroline West
Brother of William Alonzo Morris; Charles Thomas Morris; Walter Morris; Ora Morris; Cora Morris and 3 others

Managed by: John Henry Hunter
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About John Morris

Blockton News Thursday September 23, 1915 [p. 1]

John Morris Killed

John Morris, a citizen of Athelstan and a man about forty-two or forty-three years of age, was killed by train No. 5 last Thursday evening. It seems that he was sitting on the west rail of the track about midway between the two bridges near a quarter of a mile north of the Athelstan depot and made no effort to get out of the way of the train and paid no attention to the whistle. When the train struck him it either dragged or threw his body 115 feet. Many of the bones of the body were broken and the body was badly lacerated. The train stopped and when it was ascertained he was dead the coroner was notified and later the section men removed the body to Athelstan where an inquest was held Friday morning.

Mr. Morris leaves a wife and one child. He was a day laborer and had lived at Athelstan for several years.

The funeral services were held in the Holiness church at Athelstan Friday afternoon, the service being conducted by Rev. Tackett, and interment was made in the Athelstan cemetery.

[Morris, John]

Bedford Times-Republican Thursday September 23, 1915 p. 5


Struck While Sitting on Railroad Track Half Mile South of Athelstan


Enginemen Say They Were Unable to Stop Train After Discovering him and Giving Warning.

John Morris of Athelstan aged 35 years, was killed by a Chicago Great Western train, northbound, about 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon of last week. According to the report of the trainmen he was sitting on the track per near a curve about a half-mile south of Athelstan.

The body was picked up by the train crew and taken to town, and thence to Morris's home. Sheriff Morley of Bedford and Coroner Wallace of New Market were notified, and the coroner held an inquest Friday. It appeared from the evidence that Morris had been intoxicated, and the supposition is that that is the reason he failed to take advantage of the warning whistle of the engine. The enginemen say that they were too close to him to stop after they came in sight of him and whistled.

Morris is survived by a wife and one child. Funeral services were held at the Athelstan Methodist Episcopal church Friday afternoon.

[Morris, John]

Bedford Free Press Tuesday September 21, 1915 [p. 1]



Sitting on Track—Body Carried Hundred Feet and Badly Lacerated—Leaves Wife and One Child To Mourn Death

Last Thursday evening about 4 o'clock John Morris, a man thirty five years of age, living at Athelstan, was struck by a Great Western train and instantly killed, the body being dragged a distance of one hundred feet or more before the train could be brought to a stop.

The accident was witnessed by no one but the train men, and according to the version of the affair given by the engineer, Morris was sitting on the track, and when seen the distance was so short that it was impossible to stop before striking him. As he paid no attention to the whistle and made no effort to get out of the way of the train the supposition was that he was Intoxicated, which is reported to have been substantiated by facts brought out at the inquest.

The body, which was badly lacerated, nearly every bone being broken, was taken to the home and Sheriff Morley notified, who in company with the coroner, Dr. Wallace of New Market, drove to Athelstan Friday morning, where an inquest was held, the verdict corresponding to the above facts.

Morris was a man about thirty-five years of age, and leaves a wife and one child. He has been a resident of the county all his life, living for the past several years at Athelstan, working on farms and at day labor about town.

The funeral services were held at the M. E. church, Athelstan Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Tackett. Interment was in the cemetery at Athelstan.

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