|Birth: ||Aug. 21, 1848|
|Death: ||Aug. 1, 1933|
PROMINENT CITIZEN OF NEWTON KILLED
W. H. BRIGGS IS STRUCK BY PASSENGER TRAIN.
Civil Engineer By Profession One of County's Oldest Residents.
William Henry Briggs, 85, was instantly killed by the eastbound Y. and M. V. passenger train No. 204, here, Tuesday afternoon at five o'clock. He was walking home, and as he approached the tracks, apparently not seeing or hearing the train, stepped in the path of the moving locomotive, which severed his body. Mr. Briggs was a civil engineer, a finished carpenter, and worked for a lumber company for a number of years.
He, with his family, moved from Wisconsin to Newton in 1905, where they have resided ever since. Mr. Briggs was one of the most vigorous men in mind and body of his age in this section. He led an outdoor life, and could outwalk most any young man, being in good health at the time of his death.
William Henry Briggs was born August 21, 1848 at Monson, Maine. He was the son of Daniel and Mary Washburn Briggs. The family moved to Wisconsin in 1857. At the death of his father, Mr. Briggs was only seventeen years of age, when he left school to take over the management of his father's business affairs, and was practically the head of the family for ten years. His own business interests carried him throughout the state of Wisconsin, as well as Missouri and Arkansas, and he came to Mississippi with the Richardson Land and Timber Company of which he was a member.
Mr. Briggs married Miss Olive M. Denney of Suquehanna County, Pennsylvania, in 1888 (?). To this union six children, two girls and four boys, were born.
Mr. Briggs was a member of a very prominent family. He was an uncle of Alfred Lunt, famous American Actor, who is the son of his sister, Mrs. Hattie Sederholm of Wisconsin.
He was considered an authority on timber estimation and civil engineering. He was an honorable and upright man a man of his own convictions, and highly esteemed by those who knew him.
He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Misses Jennie and Olive, of Greenwood and Newton, four sons, W. H. Jr., of Bagdad, Florida, E. W. of York, Ala., C. H. of Dallas, Texas, and James of Austin, Texas; three sisters, Mesdames Hattie Sederholm and A. A. Tipler of Wisconsin, and Mrs. Nellie Stein of Long Beach, California; two brothers, D. E. Briggs of West Allis, Wisconsin and Ira Briggs of Bear Creek, Wisconsin.
Funeral rites were held at the home of the deceased this morning at ten o'clock with Rev. J. J. McInnis, pastor of the local Presbyterian church in charge, assisted by Rev J. E. Wills, pastor of the Baptist church. Active pallbearers were: Tony Levine, S. P. Bingham, G. L. Sansing, J. C. McBeath, W. W. James and W. C. Mabry. Honorary pallbearers were: H. W. Hoye, C. E. Summer, W. D. Lowe, G. H. Bunch, D. M. Anderson, E. T. Abney, Joseph Levine, I. M. Dansby, J. M. Wells and R. W. Bowling.
Interment was in the Knights of Pythias cemetery with J. D. Tidwell of White's Service in charge of all arrangements.
Out of town friends attending the obsequies were: Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Gwin of Telula; Misses Ouida and Clara Wimbish of Greenwood; Mr. Charlie Murphy, Superintendent of the Itta Bena School, of which Miss Olive Briggs is a member of the faculty; Mr. Will Kimbrough of Itta Bena; and Mrs. H E. Watts of Forest.
Daniel Briggs (1819 - 1865)
Mary Washburn Briggs (1822 - 1884)
William Henry Briggs (1848 - 1933)
Daniel Edward Briggs (1850 - 1942)*
Samuel Freeman Briggs (1851 - 1918)*
Sarah Martilla Briggs McGregor (1853 - 1927)*
Achsah Almira Briggs Tipler (1855 - 1941)*
Ann Elizabeth Briggs Tobey (1857 - 1909)*
Emma Jane Briggs (1858 - 1876)*
Nellie Phoelina Briggs Stein (1860 - 1940)*
Harriet Washburn Briggs Lunt Sederholm (1862 - 1955)*
Ira Hersey Briggs (1864 - 1949)*
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Record added: Sep 30, 2010
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