|Death: ||Aug. 20, 1887|
Saturday night two colored citizens, W. H. Dulf and P.A. Jones, were sitting in chairs in front of the latter's barber shop at No. 212 south Sixth street, when Jones suddenly leaned back in his chair and closed his eyes as if he were asleep. Dulf continued talking a few moments until he noticed that Jones was paying no attention, then he took hold of him and was surprised to find that his hands and face were cold. Thoroughly frightened Dulf sprang from his chair and called to Mr. Ward who with a couple of friends were sitting in chairs at the curbing of the walk in front of his saloon next door. At first Mr. Ward supposed that Dulf was joking as he had noticed Jones engaged in conversation a few moments before, but Dulf was in awful earnest and he repeated many times that he thought Jones was dead before he could convince anybody of it.
Still half doubting, the men to whom Dulf called went to Jones and found he was still alive but his pulse was very feeble. When the doctors arrived a few minutes afterwards they pronounced him dead. He was carried into his barber shop and laid on the floor and the physicians gave it as their opinion that his death was caused by heart disease.
Some friends immediately visited his home and informed his wife of what had happened. The coroner was notified and an inquest was held, the jury returning a verdict that the deceased came to his death by an attack of heart disease. The body was taken in the patrol wagon to the late residence of the deceased on the north side of Jefferson between Seventh and Eighth streets.
IL State Journal, Springfield, IL 8-22-1887
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Plot: Block 4, 31, 10
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Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
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