Obit: Horton, Gustavus A. (1877? - 1925)

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----Source: WEEKLY CLARION (Dorchester, Clark Co., WI) 01/23/1925

Horton, Gustavus A. (1877? - JAN 1925)

The following write up of the fatal accident to our old friend, Dolph Horton, and obituary is taken from the Phillips Times, and pass it on for the benefit of his many friends in this community.

Mr. Gustavus Adolphus Horton, 47, was caught by a falling tree that had lodged against another, last Saturday, and received injuries that caused his death Sunday at the Riley Hospital in Park Falls, where he had been taken within a few hours after the accident.

Mr. Horton, with his assistant, was sawing down a tree at the time and in falling it lodged, their saw being caught in the cut. His assistant had started to secure an axe or wedge to loosen the saw, when the tree rolled and kicked back from the stump catching Mr. Horton, crushing one leg and breaking the other. He also sustained a broken rib that punctured one of his lung lobes and also injuries to his back. He was immediately brought to this city and taken to the Riley Hospital at Park Falls on the afternoon train. He died about eighteen hours after being injured.

Mr. Gustavus Adolphus Horton was a brother of L. S. Horton, one of our esteemed pioneer citizens, and lived with L. S. in this city some five or six years previous to the Spanish-American War. He was a musician and was a member of the Big Elk Band. During the Spanish-American War he enlisted in the regular army, serving in the Philippines with the 14th Inf., U.S.A. Previous to being sent to the Philippines he was stationed at Van Couver Barracks, serving as a musician.

Following his retirement from the army after serving six years, a period of two enlistments, he returned to Wisconsin, locating at Wausau, where he was married Feb. 15th, 1911, to Miss Pansy Shortt, and since resided until last October when with his wife and three children, moved to Price County, locating on the former Lovell farm, near his brother's farm.

He was a member of the Wausau I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 215. Funeral services were held at Elk River I.O.O.F. Hall Wednesday afternoon under auspices of the lodge, the local American Legion Post furnishing a military escort.



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