William F. (1913 - 1928)
Surnames: VINTON BRIGGS LAFFE
----Sources: HUMBIRD ENTERPRISE (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) 02/01/1928
Vinton, William F. (16 JUN 1913 - 4 FEB 1928)
Thursday afternoon of last week, William Vinton, freshman in the high school, received injuries while coasting on the bluff, which resulted in his death thirty-six hours later. He, with a number of companions, were out on the slide after school, and on account of his sled leaving the path he collided with a tree, injuring his shoulder and back. At first it was thought the accident was not serious, but very soon it was found that internal injuries resulted, and he was tenderly cared for at his home until death came about six o’clock Saturday morning.
William Ferdinand Vinton was born at Pipestone, Minn., June 16, 1913, and at the time of his death was 15 years, 8 months and 19 days old. In November 1918, his parents moved to Eau Claire, Wis., where they lived and he started to school. In 1921, in the flu epidemic, his father, Edward Franklin Vinton, passed away. In June 1924, he came to Humbird with his mother, stepfather, sisters and brother to live. Here he has gone to school, and was in his first year in high school. He leaves to mourn, his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Briggs, three sisters, and one brother, Mrs. Fred Laffe of Altoona, Lilly Doll Vinton, Myrtle Georgia, and Edward Franklin Vinton, who are with their mother.
He was known to all as "Sunny," and he was rightly named; his disposition was always sunshine, though he had been a great sufferer with rheumatism from a very young child. He was always sunshine, with his whistling and singing through it all.
Funeral services were held at the town hall Tuesday forenoon, and were attended by many sympathizing friends. The high school pupils attended in a body, and member of the basketball team, by special request, acted as pallbearers. Many beautiful flowers were placed upon the beloved young man’s casket. Rev. Litchfield offered prayer, and Rev. Knaak preached the burial sermon. The remains were taken to Eau Claire on the afternoon train, and on account of a severe storm, were placed in a receiving vault, to be interred later beside his father in Forest Hill Cemetery. Rev. Harding officiated at the cemetery.
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