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Williamsport Review Republican (Newspaper) - January 20, 1916, Williamsport, Indiana The Vav trea Cor it 16 devoted to the interests of and Warren county new series y of. , Warren county Indiana thursday january 20, 1910. Number 15 st Eck to wheel a until almost Frozen Ross English a chauffeur in a de-1 Librium found on the porch of f. K. Johnson at Johnson Viii. Funds feet Iofi be Frozen. Tells of Young boy with him. Who had one Arm Frozen off. Hid him in nearby Haystack. Hands feet and face Frozen and babbling in his delirium of a boy who had his arms Frozen off h. Ross English 60s Sherman Street a Danville chauffeur wandered up to the residence of f. K. Johnson of Johnson Viii ind., at 5 o clock Fri Dav morning. His condition is said to be serious. After having the constant attention All Day of or. Johnson of West Lebanon English was late Friday evening taken to st. Elizabeth s Hospital in Danville. English left Danville Early thurs Dav morning for Chicago to bring j Down from that City an automobile i for miss Ercil Baum Saleswoman for a grocery firm. He left Chicago thursday at 1 30 o clock. It is believed he continued to drive after he became so cold he lost control of his faculties. Walked around House. When f. K. Johnson arose at 5 o clock Friday morning to make a fire he saw some one walking about the Yard. He watched the Man. He continued to walk in a Circle about the building. Johnson then investigated he found tracks shoving that the Man had been at All the doors and evidently had walked around the House a score of times or More. He was taken inside and ice and ice water applied to his face hands and feet. For nearly an hour he gave no heed to the ministrations of the men. As they chaffed his body face hands and feet he did not even Wink an eyelash it is asserted. In his delirium he told of a Small boy about 10 years being with him and of his hands and part of his arms having been Frozen off. He said he had hidden the boy in a Haystack to keep him warm. Farmers organized searching parties and spent most of the Day seeking the boy. They found where English had driven the car about apparently in an aimless manner. The car was found about a mile from the Johnson Home. The Radiator was Frozen and no gasoline in the tank. Lost his mind. After noon Friday when English had partially recovered from his delirium he said he remembered of having reached state line about 10 30 o clock that he became drowsy but that he had made up his mine to come on to Danville and that he started. He does not remember How he came to drive eastward instead of West or what happened after that. Barkman amp Gast for which firm English worked were notified As were miss Baum. Or. Francis Barton was sent Over to Johnson Viii to assist in caring for the Man. He telephoned Friday afternoon that English was in a critical condition but that he could not Tell for several hours How badly his feet and hands were Frozen. He said the Man would be taken to Danville on the evening train. A married Man. English is married and has three children. Mrs. English is ill and collapsed from the Shock when told of the condition of her husband. He has been employed As a Salesman and taxi Driver by the Auburn garage at various times. He was a big fellow Hearty and was Kif own to Many by the nickname he Seldom dressed heavily and though warned not to make the return trip if the weather continued cold and also advised to put on heavier clothing he did not dress heavier nor did he Tarry in Chicago. His own Story. Quot i left Chicago late thursday afternoon quot said English to a reporter for the commercial news. The automobile was not ready when i arrived there and i went to a restaurant to get something to eat. When i entered the restaurant the smell of cooking seemed to sicken me and i did not want anything to eat. The trip South from Chicago was uneventful until i reached a Point North of Ambia ind. Quot i began to feel the cold toward Midnight and i made up my mind that i would put up for the night at Ambia. Reaching that town i could not find a garage and after some search i did find a livery stable. All Effort to attract the attention of anyone failed but 1 did arouse a be. Procious bulldog that threatened to jump through the once window. 11 then drove the machine about i town endeavouring to find a hotel. 11 did not even see a Light in any i House in Ambia and i am of the i opinion that there is an ordinance against lights in that town. Started from Ambia. A not finding a hotel and failing in routing anyone out of bed i finally decided to Start for Danville believing that i could reach Here within a Short time. From the time i left Ambia i was hardly a human being. I guided the machine but did not know much else than to keep it in the Road. It was instinct that caused me to manipulate the machine from that time on. Quot i remember seeing a freight train on the Illinois Central Railroad at Hedrick and i stopped the automobile to allow it to pass. When i awoke there was no train in sight and i do not know How Long i had j been asleep. All the time i was growing drowsy and seemed to be quietly slipping away to sleep. I i fought against the feeling knowing that if i gave up i would certainly freeze to death. My one idea was i to awake some Farmer or get into All is in mourning has a l Rev. Wiliiam Wilmer a devoted a disband an indulgent husband a faithful pastor and a Friend of the people has passed away. Bow and when the storm is past it weeps upon the Flowers of the land and the pearls of the sea. Darkness precedes the dawning and out of the blackness of night comes the Sun Shine and Joy of the Day. And so from the Beauty of his life take an i inspiration and go Forth to live As he j. Rug it Gregory i 1 the present Surveyor of Warren county has been elected four consecutive times. Lived so that when the summons comes you May be As he was ready 1 to go to your eternal Home. His i daily life his actions his deeds of i goodness his words of Comfort and cheer while on Earth were his pass-1 took office first in sept. 1906. Port to heaven and there Are none i who can say aught of him. _ he is gone from us forever. Peace be to his ashes. While we May miss 1 during term of office has surveyed his gentle voice his words of Conso-1 Over county gravel Concrete and lation and his Ever cheerful advice i to live right in the sight of god his Devotion to his wife and children Macadam roads. A a i Fiji Rev. William Wilmer. The Church in which Rev. Wilmer delivered his first Sermon in Williamsport in 1869. All Williamsport is in mourn no because of the death of Rev. W a Liam Wilmer who passed away at his Home in Williamsport monday Forenoon january 17, 1916, from an attack of apoplexy. For a number of weeks he has been feeling bad and for about three months he has been resting with the Hope that he would again be Able to resume his pastorate of the presbyterian Church at this place but the decree was not so and the sting of death touched his body saturday evening while at Home preparing to do his evening chores. The spirit lingered in its House of Clay until monday Forenoon when the Silver Cord was loosened and tie Golden bowl broken and the spirit of our Friend our neighbor and our citizen returned to the god who gave it. He was the Friend of the people everybody and we doubt if Ever a Man lived in Williamsport that commanded the love and esteem of an entire Community As did Rev. Wilmer. In August 1869, Rev. Wilmer came to Williamsport to take up the work of god for the presbyterian people. He was met at the train by Fry Bryant a Friend who has been dead these Many years. He was taken to the Home of the Hon. Joseph he was a guest of distinction and on the sunday morning following was accompanied to the Little Brick Church that is still standing on the Hill but is now occupied As a Wei log where he delivered his initial Sermon. This Sei Mon met the approval of the congregation and Lor years Many years thereafter he was the regular pastor. It was to him they went for spiritual Aid and Consolation it was to him they went to be United in marriage and it was to him they went to have the funeral orations recited of a dear departed Friend. His services were Ever in demand and with that same pleasant smile and soft consoling voice he would say quot god bless you quot and was Ever ready to Aid you. He entered into your Joys and your sorrows and he so lived among the people that he was a part of their life. After Labouring Here and at Attica with the people for Many years this Good Man of god decided that he needed a rest and he returned to his old Home about nine Yean ago the House his father built before he was born near Cincinnati Ohio where he remained for seven years. The people of Williamsport loved him they wanted him with them because of his grandeur of character because of his Faith in god and because of the moral up Buckl ing and helpful messages he delivered to them from the pulpit and they prevailed on him to return to j Williamsport and once More take. Up the Burden of directing them in i the quot straight and narrow Way quot which he did about Taro years ago. He returned and Vith him came i that same gentle spirit that guiding hand those words of Assurance that by Faith in god Mankind could have everlasting life. He still Clung to i the Faith As in his younger Days of the fatherhood of god and the i brotherhood of Man. He believed i that the Man who scatters Flowers in the pathway of his Fellowmen who let into the dark places of life the Sunshine of human sympathy and human happiness was following in the footsteps of his master. I he was married about fifty years ago to miss Kate Wood to whom three children were born one son i William Wilmer jr., who passed away in infancy and two Daugh ters Lizzie and Edna who survive. His first wife and the Mother of his i children preceded to that heavenly Home by a Span of years and he feeling his loneliness in life s work was again married about forty 1 years ago to miss Elizabeth pea a body who with the two daughters Are left to mourn the loss of a dear devoted husband and kind Loving and indulgent father. He was born near Cincinnati i Ohio oct. 19, 1838, and at the time of his death was 77 years 3 months and 2 Days. Old. His he s work was finished he had done his duty nobly and because of his passing the Community mourns and we can Only remind these mourners that he is not dead he is Only sleeping resting after a Long and Well spent life Heie he cannot and would not if he could return to us but we can if we but heed his admonitions Given to us during his Long years among us go to him. Behind the storm Clouds always links Theriau and his kindness to everybody will linger As a fragrant memory in the Many Homes he has helped to brighten. Though he is gone his record has been made and will re rain with us As a lasting treasure. Called onto the Green Carpel. For years that is a Long time w. H. Evans has been a Loyal and faithful Odd fellow and one among the most Active among ohis Brethren. During the years of University where he graduated his connection with the order he has turning Home the ambitious Young when j. Rupert Gregory the son of the late John Gregory was Only a boy he had a desire to become a civil Engineer and his parents or. A id Fri. John Gregory who were indulge it parents permitted Rupert to choose his own vocation for life s work. I he began his Early education in i the Williamsport schools and when he had finished Here he entered Pur also been District Deputy and has been instrumental in helping other Odd fellow lodges to get in Good working shape and Prosper. His Home Lodge is proud of him but they sought to have a Little innocent fun at his expense at their last meeting. They without his knowledge purchased a Beautiful badge which is styled the "25-year medal Man Felt that As yet he was not fully prepared to take up his work and again gave a few years of his life to further preparation and entered Depauw University where he also graduated. Returning Home once More with All the honors a Young Man could Hope for or desire he began to apply himself As assistant civil Engi of Honor quot Ihen they had the Hon. A tutorship of Wilmer ele Stansbury prepare a speech of p and not worked presentation which he lid. At the unti or. Gemmer resigned his office and went to Texas and was appointed to fill out his unexpired term in september 11906. From the very first he showed himself to be a Young Man of. Ability and fully Able to Cope with All the tangible affairs of business that might arise in county affairs under the civil Engineer s supervise at the expiration of his first Ion. Meeting monday night or. Stans Bury went Over or. Evan s life As an Odd fellow noting carefully All the Good things he had done but in emphatic tones stated that William with All his knowledge had made some very grave mistakes and done things possibly that were contrary to the Laws and rules of Odd fellow-1 ship. Or. Stansbury made this part ,.,. T.,. At of appointive Oft ice he became of his speech so Strong that or. Candidate upon his own Accord Evans began to turn Pale he dropped was nominated and elected. Satis his head and began to think won a faction followed his first election to Dering what on Earth he had done i he office and since that time he in j i i of 1 a has succeeded himself m office time and when called Forth to face his accuser his step was a Little in until Jan. 1, 1917, he will have steady his Teeth chattered and his rounded out 10 years and 4 months Knees knocked together. But Imas civil Engineer or Surveyor of age if Vou can his Surprise and the j in county change in his countenance when the last seven years he has or. Stansbury took from the Box i quot quot Yed Over 100 roads 80 of which the Beautiful medal of Token i , and were con of love and respect and pinned it on strutted either of gravel Concrete his Vest. Wilham was again dumb-1 or Macadam representing a confounded and although he is not the tract value of 8600,000. Along with be i till sir rel his he a was surveyed ditches hat express his appreciation of the be been put in and drawn plans Beautiful and sacred gift. For Bridges that were constructed of a i Concrete and steel that i present a special notice. I value of about $100,000, and right on account of the funeral of Rev. Now at the present time he is look William Wilmer the meeting of the i after work for the county that presbyterian missionary society self quot quot postponed until thursday january together and 27, 1916. It will then meet with mrs. Isaiah Smith. Continued on last Page the Church Rev. Wilmer helped build and where he was the pastor in charge at the time of his death. A a �1 in of it iii

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