|Birth: ||Dec. 10, 1851|
|Death: ||Dec. 14, 1893|
Aged 43y 4d; born in Germany.
The Janitor in State Superintendent Raab's Office Killed by a Fall From a Window - William Vanselow, janitor in the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Raab, met with an accident yesterday morning between the hours of 7 and 8 o'clock which caused his death at 7 o'clock last evening at St. John's hospital. He had gone to work as usual, and after partially sweeping the room had stepped out on a ledge just under a south window, about thirty feet from the ground, to empty the dirt out of the sweeper. The ledge was slippery from the sleet, and as a result he slipped off to the ground below. J. F. Morrows, the chief carpenter, heard the fall, but thought it was the iceman. The injured man was found by A. A. Coats, and with the assistance of Morrows, Vanselow was carried into the building, where he was attended by a physician. An ambulance conveyed him to the hospital. No bones were broken, nor was his head injured externally, his injuries being internal, though no examination was made by the physicians, he being kept under the influence of opiates. His wife was with him from the time he was taken to the hospital until his death.
Mr. Vanselow was middle-aged and was a cripple, having been injured in a coal mine at Barclay several years ago. He had been in Superintendent Raab's office for three years, and had been cautioned several times not to get out on this ledge. He leaves a wife and eight children, who were dependant upon him for support, to mourn his loss. He resided in Riverton before removing here. He was an excellent man and was very popular in his circle of acquaintances. He was well known in local politics among the Germans. IL State Register, Springfield, IL, 12-15-1893
Note: his wife Bertha's name is on the stone as Vanselow. She later married Fred Degner; both families are in the same plot.
Bertha Dummer Degner (1862 - 1918)*
Mary C. Vanselow Hilmer (1881 - 1950)*
Willie Vanselow (1882 - 1917)*
Albert L Vanselow (1884 - 1962)*
Paul Arthur Vanselow (1886 - 1910)*
Arthur B Vanselow (1888 - 1965)*
Clara Bertha Vanselow Kunz (1890 - 1972)*
Frances M Vanselow Luker (1892 - 1966)*
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Plot: Block 19, 131
Maintained by: BjJ
Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
Record added: Feb 16, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24683026
Added: Nov. 18, 2012