Obit: Colby, Corliss T. (1879 - 1919)

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Surnames: COLBY

----Source: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 12/18/1919

Colby, Corliss T. (29 May 1879 - 15 Dec 1919)

Corliss T. Colby, while engaged in sharpening a saw on an emery wheel at the Colby Bros. Mill (Clark County, Wis.) on Monday met with a most distressing accident. While thus engaged the emery wheel, running at a speed of about 2000 revolutions per minute, burst, parts of which struck his head, causing a compound fracture of the skull and other injuries. Dr. Riopelle was called at once and rendered first aid. The unfortunate man was then taken to the doctor's residence where the wounds were dressed. Train No. 1 being then due he was place aboard on a stretcher, accompanied by his wife and Dr. Riopelle. The train was wrecked about a mile east of Boyd, which delayed the arrival of the injured man several hours at the hospital at Chippewa Falls., where surgical services were rendered. During all this time Mr. Colby was in an unconscious condition, rallying for a moment only about midnight, when he recognized his wife at his bedside. On Tuesday afternoon a telephone message from the hospital announced his death.

(Follow on in 12/25/1919 Thorp Courier)

The remains of Corliss T. Colby, who died at the hospital at Chippewa Falls on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 16th as a result of accidental injuries received at the Colby Bros. Mill in this village the day previous, arrived at his home here on Wednesday noon. Hiss sudden and untimely death has brought the bitter cup of sorrow to the lips of friends and relatives. He was one of nature's noble men in its truest sense, brave, generous, manly. His was the soul of honor, and his friends and friendships were sacred to him. In temperament he was mild, conciliatory and candid, and yet remarkable for an uncompromising firmness. Mr. Colby was born at Barnum, Adams Co., Wis., on May 29, 1879 and came to the town of Reseberg with his parents a few months later, where he grew to manhood. He was a member of the Bobbs (Babbs?) Mill Congregational Church and for many years was the Superintendent of the Sunday school. He helped to organize and build the church and was always interest in its progress. His life was spent on the home farm in Reseberg until last July, when he moved to Thorp and bought an interest in, and became manager of the Colby Bros. Mills. He was married in 1909 to Amelia Wendt, who died four years ago, leaving two children, Bernard and Alice. On Aug. 16, 1916 he was married to Floy Ethel Wingad, and two children were born to them, Dorothy and Grant. He was a kind, loving and affectionate husband and father. He leaves to mourn him a wife and four children, an aged father, Wm. Colby, two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Einfeldt of Thorp, Mrs. Sadie C. Lemley of Chicago, and one brother, Claude Colby of Reseberg.

The fuenral services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Sargen of Owen, on Saturday afternoon last from the German Lutheran Church at Reseberg, which was kindly offered by the Lutheran people, interment following in the Reseberg Cemetery.



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