Kinmundy, IL Fatal Horse Team Accident, Jan 1912

Obituary is from "The Kinmundy Express" and can be found at www.kinmundyhistoricalsociety.org - - Kinmundy Historical Society

January 11, 1912:

Will GRAMLEY Died of his Injuries

The people of Kinmundy were greatly shocked last Thursday morning, Jan. 4, 1912 by the horrifying announcement that William D. GRAMLEY, residing on the Matthew HUMPHREY farm, three miles south of this city, had been probably fatally injured by the running away of four horse team he was driving to the timber for a load of wood which report proved to be distressingly true.

Mr. GRAMLEY was standing on the front bolster of the running gears of the wagon and the ground being frozen and rough, caused the king bolt to bounce out, permitting the axle to tip forward, throwing the driver at the horses' heels at which they took fright and ran, dragged the helpless man for over a quarter of a mile when one of the horses fell down, stopping a few seconds, enabling Mr. GRAMLEY to extricate himself from his perilous position where the horse got up for another half mile dash without the driver.

Though his left limb was broken twice between the knee and thigh, his skull cracked and his body badly torn he dragged himself to within hailing distance of the home of Henry STOCK, where his cries were heard Grandma METZGER, who went to his aid and then summoned other help. W.H. LESEMAN appeared on the scene and placing the wounded man on a wheelbarrow conveyed him to Mr. STOCK's house.

Dr.'s SONGER and CAMERER were immediately called and upon examination they soon found his injuries such that it would be necessary to take him to the hospital for treatment. A conveyance was procured and he was brought to this city and taken to Effingham on the fast afternoon train and placed in St. Anthony's hospital. He stood the trip fine and after his arrival his wounds were dressed and the fracture reduced the same evening. During the night he suffered untold agony and by Friday morning it was found that he was growing weaker and at 10:30 a.m. he passed away. His internal injuries from being dragged were such that medical or surgical skill could not save him.

He was accompanied to Effingham by Mrs. GRAMLEY, Mrs. Frank SCHWARTZ, Mrs. Homer STEVENSON, M.P. GRAMLEY, Frank HENSLEY, and Dr. SONGER. The body was returned to this city Friday evening and was taken to the home of his brother, Mr. and Mrs. M.P. GRAMLEY, where it remained until Sunday when the funeral services were held in the Christian Church at 11 o'clock, conducted by Elder Wm. J. SIMER, after which the body was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery, six sturdy nephews acting as the pall bearers.

William D. GRAMLEY was born in Omega Township and was 38 years, 1 month, and 29 days old at the time of his death. His entire life was spent in Marion county where he was well known and dearly loved by all who were blessed with his acquaintance. He was married Nov. 7, 1900 to Miss Elizabeth HUMPHREY, who, with one son, Humphrey, aged 4, four sisters, four brothers, and a host of other relatives and friends, survive to mourn the loss of a loving husband, father, brother, friend and neighbor, cut down in the prime of a noble manhood.

Mr. GRAMLEY was for 8 years in business with his brother in Kinmundy and spent five years in Salem. For the last 4 years he has been practically in charge of the HUMPHREY farm. He was a member of the M.W. of A. Will GRAMLEY was a manly man for whose living the world will be better, and for whose sad death it will be lonesome for a long, long time. Peace to his precious memory and condolence to the loved ones left to mourn.

William D. "Will" Gramley
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