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A Fatal Accident

A Pawnee County Boy Falls from a Telephone
Pole and is Killed

Charles Hunsley, son of Mr. Bart Hunsley, of this county, fell from a telephone pole at Champaign,
Illinois, one day last week and sustained injuries from which he died next morning. Young Hunsley was a Pawnee county boy, and was well known to many of the readers of this paper. The Champaign News gives the following account of the accident:

It seems that no one knows how Hunsley came to fall. He was working with Harry Eastman in the Crane alley which is located between Race and Market street. Eastman was some distance away from him and did not see how he came to lose his hold on the pole. It is thought, however, that Hunsley was depending upon his belt for support and that the belt was insecurely fastened. Eastman ran to the injured man as soon as he saw him fall. He was making motions with his body as if he were in great pain and when he did not respond to inquiries concerning the seriousness of his injuries arrangements were made to take him to the Burnham hospital at once. When he arrived at the hospital at five o’clock he was yet unable to speak. Medical aid was called, but in spite of the endeavors of the physicians the injured man did not regain consciousness. Apparently he suffered no pain during the night. He died shortly after seven o’clock this morning.

Mr. Hunsley had been in the employ of the Home telephone company for a period of about two years. He was a young man of peculiarly agreeable disposition and was well liked by his employers and fellow workmen.  The body was buried at Clinton, Illinois, where the young man was a member of the fire department. The Clinton public says of the funeral

“The funeral of Charles Hunsley was held at the Methodist church this afternoon. Deceased was
exceptionally popular with young men and the church was well filled with sympathizing friends. The floral offerings were beautiful, among them being a handsome wreath and bouquet from the fire department. Rev. E. A. Gilliland, pastor of the Christian church, delivered an appropriate sermon, and the remains were taken in charge by the fire department and conducted to Woodlawn cemetery, where the ritualistic ceremonies of the department were conducted and a short prayer offered by Rev. T. A. Canady. The pall bearers were: Warren Saveley, Samuel Bowman, S. J. Brewster, L. H. Merriman, E. F. Brooks, and Charles Dill.”

Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

Last Updated:  Thursday, November 24, 2005 20:30:04

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