As historian, it is my plan to share the many obituaries, newspaper clippings and images that will help others find that one missing piece to their family history. These posts come from old scrapbooks and will include Oxford, Greene, McDonough, Guilford, Smithville, Coventry, New Berlin and Norwich. I am just getting started.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
David Wilbur Lost His Life at Robinson's Mills
DEATH BY DROWNING
David Wilbur, or as he was sometimes called, David Pittsley, a lad of 16 years, was drowned while bathing in the river at Robinson's Mills early Tuesday evening.
Wilbur worked for Arthur Rice, who is on Dr. Hitchcock's farm and who was burned out this spring, and after supper took a pair of old overalls and said he would go in bathing. He could not swim and took a board along to aid him while in the water. Sidney Dungey and Cleon Marshman with others were on the dam fishing and saw him 20 yards below them paddling around and endeavoring to swim. Soon after it was noticed that the board was floating and Wilbur nowhere to be seen. Surmising that an accident had occurred, Dungey and Marshman got a boat from above the dam, which was filled with water and took time to empty, and commenced a search and soon found the body in about four feet of water, which was recovered by hooking a paddle in the suspenders of the unfortunate young man. Coroner Morse was immediately summoned and reported the case as above stated. The body was brought to Seymour & Jacobs undertaking rooms and the funeral was held from there yesterday afternoon, burial being made in Riverview cemetery.
Wilbur was the youngest of a family of eight children and while an infant was taken by Henry Pittsley, though not legally adopted. His mother was killed in a railroad accident two years ago and her remaining children had been placed in orphan asylums. In June, 1910, while drawing milk for James McEneny, Jr., in McDonough, he was injured in a runaway and remained unconscious three days from concussion of the brain. Since then he had complained considerably of having dizzy spells.
Wilbur was a bright fellow and well like by those who knew him best. He worked for a number of farmers in this vicinity and many will regret his untimely death.
ANOTHER ARTICLE NOTE: DAVID WILBUR WAS ALSO KNOWN AS DAVID PITTSLEY
BOY'S INJURIES SERIOUS
David Pittsley Thrown From Wagon While Drawing Milk Thursday Morning
David Pittsley of McDonough, aged thirteen years, was thrown from a wagon while drawing milk Thursday and lies in a serious condition.
Young Pittsley is the adopted son of David Pittsley and worked for James McEneny on the O'Donnel farm in McDonough. On Thursday morning he left with a one horse load of milk for Norton's Corners, at which point it was to be delivered to the Borden wagon. Near the residence of Burke Moore there is a steep hill and Mrs. Moore saw the horse, detached from the wagon, running by the house. She called Mr. Moore, who found the wagon overturned in the ditch a short distance up the road and the boy lying near by unconscious. Dr. Morse of this village was summoned and he found the boy suffering from a contusion on the left side of the head and a broken elbow.
The boy was well liked in the neighborhood and his death is regretted. How the accident occurred will probably never be known.
Yesterday, he was reported having recovered consciousness, but seems to be paralyzed in the lower part of the body. He had suffered from slight attacks of appendicitis heretofore, which does not help his case.