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George Franklin Bills
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Birth: May 15, 1877
Lincoln County
Nevada, USA
Death: Jun. 21, 1907
Uintah County
Utah, USA

George Franklin Bills is the son of Sarah Catherine Searle and David Leach Bills. He married Phoebe Jane Merkley July 3, 1906.

Killed by Lighting. George Bills Killed by Lightning While Chopping Cedar Posts -- Edwin Colton, Who was Near By, Stunned.

The sudden death of George Bills on Friday June 21st, came as a terrible shock to the whole community as well as his wife, mother and other members of the family.

The two men were chopping cedar posts under the brow of the hill at the head of Spring Creek, across the rough canyon that separates the hill from the road leading up Taylor Mountain. They had just resumed their work after dinner when a thunder storm came up, in which he was killed.

The horse belonging to Colton was knocked down but was immediately on its feet and ran away. Ed was badly stunned and fell to his knees. On recovering he saw his horse running towards camp, which he followed. Upon his return he found George lying on his back, across a post, dead, and a tree nearby burning

Colton at once went to the Power Plant Company's camp for help. A crowd of men were soon on the spot where the body lay. They decided that an inquest was not necessary, as his death, beyond a doubt, was caused by shock of electricity from lightning striking a tree nearby.

On account of the rough country it was a very difficult task to remove his body to where a conveyance was waiting to bring the body home. It was fully a half mile that the body was carried by the men.

His mother, on being notified of her son's death, became unconscious and remained so until the next morning. She has been very sick ever since, but is reported better this morning.

George Bills was born May 15th, 1877, in Clover Valley, Lincoln County, Nevada, moving here with his parents when he was a mere child.

He was married to Jane Merkley July 3rd, 1906. Since their marriage they have lived in the Ashley canyon about four miles from where his death occurred. He was an enterprising citizen and was loved by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. He leaves a wife, father and mother, brothers and sisters and numerous relatives and friends to mourn his departure.

Funeral services over the remains of George Bills were held in the Maeser Ward House, Bishop Colton presiding. Harden Bennion, of Vernal, Don B. Colton and Bishop Colton were the speakers. All bearing upon the honest, truthfulness and noble character of the deceased.

Don B. Colton in his remarks said "There are but few men outside of my own immediate family, that I loved more than George Bills. I have been a boy with him for 24 years and have always known him as an honest upright boy." He was a man that carried religion with him in every act of his life and was an example unto mankind. He felt it almost impossible to speak on this sad occasion. Harden Bennion and Bishop Colton also spoke of his many good qualities as a friend and neighbor.

The floral offerings were immense. All seemed anxious to show some token of love to one who had love and respect of all who knew him. The ward house was crowded with friends from all over the county. Sixty vehicles followed the remains to the cemetery.

-History of John Sampson Hacking and Jane Clark Hacking, by Lola Hacking Fowlke, transcribed by Rhonda Holton 
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  Phoebe Jane Merkley Bills Colton (1886 - 1953)*
*Calculated relationship
Maeser Fairview Cemetery
Uintah County
Utah, USA
Created by: Rhonda
Record added: Dec 01, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23192699
George Franklin Bills
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