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 William Spir Crumbaker

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William Spir Crumbaker

Child of John Henry Crumbaker and Elizabeth Jane Wilson and husband of Ora Ella DeMoss.

Married on September 9, 1896.

Killed while crossing railroad tracks.

Children: Jesse, Mamie and Chester

Obituary from The Blade newspaper, Illinois, dated February 19, 1904:

William S. Crumbaker was born September 3, 1875 to John H. and Elizabeth J. Crumbaker in McLean county, Illinois, and died February 11, 1904, aged 28 years, 5 months and 8 days. He lived in McLean and Livingston counties until the spring of 1895, when he went to White county, Indiana.

He was married to Ora Ella DeMoss September 9, 1896. To this union were born three children, who, with the heart broken wife, father, mother, five brothers and a host of relatives and friends are left to mourn his loss.

William S. Crumbaker met his death at Reynolds, Indiana, February 11, 1904, while attempting to cross the railroad track. He had been hauling corn for a neighbor, together with two others. They had unloaded their corn, weighed their wagons and two of the teams had crossed in safety, but as he was crossing, the engine was being tested and was going at a rapid rate and came unexpectedly and without any warning whatever, striking the wagon, throwing it about 50 feet demolishing it, throwing the team down, breaking the tongue, which freed them and they escaped without much injury, but Mr. Crumbaker was thrown 95 feet, killing him instantly. The body was picked up, but no bones were broken, except the back of his head was crushed which caused instant death. He was taken to undertakers where an inquest was held and his body immediately taken to his home 7-1/2 miles southwest of Reynolds.

Services were held over the body at his home Friday at 4 p.m. Saturday he was taken to the home of his parents near Fairbury, Illinois. The funeral was held at Avoca, Sunday, February 14th, and the body laid to rest in the Avoca cemetery.

From MidwestMom (#47103824):

The Rock Island Argus, Volume 53, Number 100, 15 February 1904 — Page 2


Rev. M. V. Crumbaker was called to Fairbury Saturday to attend the funeral of his nephew, William Crumbaker, who was killed by a train in Indiana Thursday. The details in connection with the tragic death are very meager, the message to Mr. Crumbaker briefly stated that the young man had been killed and that the remains would be taken to his old home at Fairbury for burial. Mr. Crumbaker was a farmer and it is supposed he attempted to cross the railroad with his team and was run down on a crossing. He leaves a widow and two small children to mourn his death, besides his parents and numerous other relatives.

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  • Added: 4 Feb 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8348692
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Spir Crumbaker (3 Sep 1875–11 Feb 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8348692, citing Avoca Cemetery, Fairbury, Livingston County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Cathleen Jacobsen (contributor 46601340) .