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Dustin William Wilks

  • Birth 26 Nov 1893 Caruthersville, Pemiscot County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 22 Oct 1922 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Caruthersville, Pemiscot County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 101963726

The Democrat Argus
Caruthersville, Missouri
Tuesday, October 10, 1922

Former Caruthersville Citizen Meets Accidental Death in Chicago


The people of Caruthersville were shocked last Saturday by receipt of news that Dustin W. Wilks, a former Caruthersville boy, had met death suddenly and accidentally while engaged in his work as switchman in the Chicago and West Pullman railroad yards in West Pullman Ill., a suburb of Chicago, where he has been employed for the past two years or more. first word of the accident was received in a telegram to Mrs. T. F. Ford, mother of Mrs. Wilks stating that he was killed at 2:40 a.m., Saturday, he having been engaged on the night shift in the yards.

We have not learned the exact details of the accident, but understand that Dustin was riding on the front of the switch engine and that a signal from another trainman was misunderstood, else the wrong signal was given so that the engine ran into a switch on which box cars were standing, and it collided unexpectedly with them. His body was caught between the engine and the couples of the box cars and crushed, internal injuries bring so severe that he lived less than two hours after it occurred.

Mrs. Ethel Thompson, a sister of Mrs. Wilks, and Robert Wilks, a brother of the deceased, went to Chicago immediately upon receipt of the news and accompanied Mrs. Wilks and the body of her husband to this place, arriving here on the early train yesterday morning. Arrangements therefor were speedily made and the funeral and interment held this morning, the latter services being at the Sacred Heart church at 9 a.m., burial following shortly afterward at the Little Prairie Cemetery, both being attended by a large number of the friends and acquaintances of the family.

Mr. Wilks was a native of this city, born and reared within its borders and making this his home up to about two years ago, when he removed to Chicago to accept the position with the railroad as noted. He lacked only a few days of having reached his thirtieth birthday and being young and vigorous, in the prime of his manhood, it seems exceedingly deplorable that he should have been stricken down at the time and in the manner of the occurrence of his death. He was an excellent young man, good hearted, honest and honorable, generous to a fault, kind and indulgent to his family and all who knew him were his friends.

Of the immediate relatives only one brother Robert, is left, excepting the widow and two small children, his parents having been dead for many years and there being but the two boys in the family. These have the sincere sympathy of the many friends, who deplore the sudden and tragic removal of their benefactor and protector, and with these The Democrat-Argus joins in extending condolence.



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  • Created by: Loubie
  • Added: 10 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101963726
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dustin William Wilks (26 Nov 1893–22 Oct 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101963726, citing Little Prairie Cemetery, Caruthersville, Pemiscot County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Loubie (contributor 47491885) .