David John Grant

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David John Grant

  • Birth 10 Sep 1860 Rome, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 22 Feb 1906 Peotone, Will County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Saint Paul, Neosho County, Kansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 91172173

In 1880 David Grant, a farmer, with his wife Kate and daughter Maggie (age 1), lived next door to David's father in Grant Twp., Crawford Co., probably assisting his father on the farm. However, in 1885 he became a railroad grading contractor, employing teams of mules for earth-moving during railroad construction. This work took him to Arkansas where his fourth child was born in 1886. From 1890 through 1899 David Grant and his family lived in Denver, Colorado, where he is listed in the city directory as a railroad and grading contractor. According to his son Charles, David also hauled stone for the Colorado state capital which was under construction at that time. In June 1900 the family lived briefly in Chicago while David worked on railroad construction in Hennepin Township, Putnam Co., Illinois, assisted by his son Charles who was a timekeeper at the railroad camp. Later in 1900 they moved to Muscatine, Iowa, remaining there until 1903. In 1903 and 1904 he worked on construction of the C. B. & Q. Railroad near Red Oak, Iowa.

On Friday, February 23, 1906 the Joliet (Illinois) Weekly News carried the following item, dateline Peotone: "Mr. David Grant had twenty-two mules shipped into Peotone Monday. They are now in the sheds in Barbour's Grove." On Tuesday, February 27, the Joliet Daily Republican, dateline Peotone, reported: "The remains of the late David Grant were sent to St. Paul, Kansas, Saturday for interment. Mrs. Grant and son, Charles, accompanied the body." The reason for his sudden death on February 22, 1906 at Peotone, Illinois, is given in the March 2, 1906 edition of the Joliet Weekly News, dateline Peotone:
DAVID GRANT KILLED AT RAILROAD CROSSING - Contractor Meets Violent Death Alone . . . David Grant, the railroad contractor, was struck and killed Thursday night, a little past 9 o'clock, at the crossing at Band & Collins' office. No one witnessed the accident. The body was found about 11 o'clock by John Cowling who at once reported it to Officer Reser. Mr. Reser then informed Charles Grant, who with his mother, had started to search for his father. The body was removed to Fedde's undertaking rooms, where the inquest was held Friday morning. The remains were taken to St. Paul, Kan. for burial Saturday noon. Mr. Grant was born in Peoria, Ill., Sept. 12, 1859. He went to Kansas when a boy, and has resided there the greater part of his life. His wife and four children survive. His children are: Charles, of Peotone; David, a student at the State University; Mrs. W. H. Archer, of Duluth, Minn., and Marie, of Peotone. Marie is quite ill and was unable to accompany the remains to their last resting place. Mr. Grant had not lived long in Peotone, but he had made many friends. He was a man of great business ability and was a sociable man. A large portion of the people in and around Peotone sympathize with the bereaved family.
The March 2, 1906 edition of the Joliet Weekly Republican editorialized on the accident, stating that Illinois Central trains run through Peotone at 40 to 60 miles per hour instead of 10, the speed limit.


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DAVID J. GRANT
BORN SEPT. 10, 1860
DIED FEB. 22, 1906
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  • Created by: Bruce Timm
  • Added: 1 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 91172173
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David John Grant (10 Sep 1860–22 Feb 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 91172173, citing Saint Francis Cemetery, Saint Paul, Neosho County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Bruce Timm (contributor 47692752) .