Sherman County Republican, Friday, July
Died: July 4, 1887
Fatal Accident. On the evening of the fourth as Mr. James Douglas, a farmer, was going to his home one and a half miles northwest of Sherman Center he was thrown from the spring wagon in which he was riding, the wheels passing over his breast, and bruising his face causing injuries from which death resulted. Mr. Ebernath had started to go home with Mr. Douglas but changed his mind, and had started back to town, when upon looking back to see if the team was going all right saw the deceased tailing from the wagon. Mr. Ebernath immediately returning found Mr. Douglas in a semi-conscious state. Placing him in as comfortable a position as possible started after the team which he caught and returned with Mrs. Douglas to the place of accident. A number of citizens had arrived and were giving all the aid possible. A physician had been called and everything done to restore life, even after his home had been reached, and until the physician pronounced the case hopeless.
The remains were followed to their resting place in the little cemetery northwest of this place by a large procession of friends and relatives last Tuesday evening.
Mr. Douglass (sic) leaves a wife and family to mourn his departure.
The deceased was born in Greenich. Scotland. June 11, 1817, and lived to be 70 years and 23 days old, was a member of the G. A. R. having served three years in company B of the 29th Iowa Infantry, was also a member of the B. L. E., having served as an engineer on the seas for 14 years and on railroads 10 years. He was married to Mrs. S. E. Hoober in April, 1868, at Pacific City. Iowa, who now mourns the sad fate of the husband and father with the six children, the youngest but three years old. Miss Anna, the third daughter was returning home from Shenandoah, Iowa; where she had been attending school and heard the sad news of her fathers death when within five miles of home. Miss Rosa M. Douglas is at St. Joseph, Mo., and was not present at the funeral on account of the great distance. The rest of the family were at home.
The family came from Savant, Mo., to this county in the fall of '85. Mr. Douglas came in February of'86, was a quiet man not even known by many that thought they should have known him. He did not visit town very often and sad it seems that the departure should be so sudden.
CONTRIBUTED BY LLOYD P. HOLBROOK,
RESEARCHER OF G. A. R. POST , W. R. ROBERTSON POST #428