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 William Frederick “Fred” Ayers

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William Frederick “Fred” Ayers

  • Birth 14 Mar 1890 Hendricks County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 19 Jun 1930 Lizton, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Lizton, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 100701451

from the Republican for June 26, 1930:

Fatal Accident Result of Fall
Wagon Runs Over Fred Ayers in Hay Field
He Lives Less than Four Hours
Funeral Saturday with Burial in K. of P. Cemetery

Thursday afternoon brought a very tragic accident to Fred Ayers when he lost his life under the wheels of a loaded hay wagon. Mr. Ayers and Alva Hocker, a neighboring farmer, had been busy in their hay harvest. The harvest on the Ayers farm had all been placed in the mow and the two farmers had hauled in the second load at the Hocker barn when the two were standing near the wagon talking to Messrs. Stewart and Hollingsworth, insurance agents from Jamestown, when Hocker's team started to walk away with the load of hay. They called to the team but it failed to stop. Mr. Ayers ran for the wagon and mounted the double-trees and was attempting to reach for the lines when his foot slipped from the double-trees and he fell at the horses feet. Two wheels of the loaded wagon passed over the lumbar section of his body. Messrs. Hocker, Stewart and Hollingsworth were immediately at his side and placed him in a car and took him to his home where Dr. Wiseheart, of North Salem, was called. The accident occurred about 1:30 in the afternoon and Mr. Ayers died about 5.

When picked up after the wheels of the wagon had passed over him, Ayers was still conscious and able to tell just what happened to him. At home he told his wife of the accident and explained that his back was broken and that he could not live. Upon examination, Dr. Wiseheart said that his back was not broken and that he could find no bones that were. In Dr. Wiseheart's opinion, he died from an internal hemorrhage. Just before his death, Mr. Ayers turned in his bed pushing his feet out and explained that he had to get up to attend to some matter.

Fred Ayers was 40 years of age and had been a thrifty farmer living on the farm owned by his parents, William and Mary Ayers, about two miles west of Lizton, on the North Salem road. He was a man in the prime of health, weighing about 174 pounds. He was a member of the Lizton Christian church where the funeral was held Saturday afternoon in charge of his pastor, the Rev. Bacon. Interment was in the K. of P. cemetery, at Lizton.

Surviving are his parents, the widow, formerly Miss Esther Leak, daughter of Robinson Leak; two daughters, Clarice, age 11, and Orphia, age 9; two sisters and one brother.

Note: His parents, James and Elizabeth Ayers, had both passed away by 1930 so the information about his parents doesn't seem correct.


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  • Created by: David Smith
  • Added: 14 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100701451
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Frederick “Fred” Ayers (14 Mar 1890–19 Jun 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100701451, citing K of P Cemetery, Lizton, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by David Smith (contributor 47038930) .