|Birth: ||Jan. 5, 1868|
|Death: ||Jan. 20, 1931|
Wednesday morning at about 7:30 o'clock the lifeless body of Hull A. Atwater, Sr., well known and popular resident of Palatka, was found in his upturned car in a ditch on the Yelvington road near the state highway. Discovery of the body was made by W. C. Allen, prominent Palatka merchant, and Major A. G. Rudd of New York. The attention of these two men was attracted to the overturned car and upon investigation they were surprised and startled to find the dead body of Mr. Atwater, who had long been a friend to Mr. Allen.
Apparently the car had skidded on a curve, and jumped a small bridge, landing on its top in a ditch filled with water. A head injury of a severe nature was noted, but otherwise there were no marks on the body.
Officers here were notified of the tragic finding, and Deputy Sheriff L. S. Johnson, Jr., after investigating the case, deemed no inquest necessary.
The news of the tragedy spread quickly and occasioned general sorrow throughout the community, for the deceased had a host of friends not only in the city but throughout the county.
Mr. Atwater was sixty-seven years of age, and for many years was in charge of the logging camps of the Wilson Cypress Company. He was recognized as an expert lumberman. He was a member of the local lodges of Red Men, Knights of Pythias, Masons, Odd Fellows and other fraternal organizations, and was popular and highly esteemed by all his associates. He is survived by his wife, five daughters and three sons.
The funeral was held this morning at 10 o'clock from the First Baptist Church; Rev. W. C. Norman, the pastor, officiating. Following the impressive service, the remains were carried to Anthony, near Ocala, for burial in the family section in Anthony Cemetery there. (Palatka Times-Herald Obituary dtd 23 Jan 1931.)
Minnie Gertrude Kates Atwater (1872 - 1964)*
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Record added: Sep 04, 2010
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