ROCK ISLAND BOY KILLED IN KANSAS CITY BY LIVE WIRE
Hume Townsend, 17, Electrocuted When He Picks Up Live Wire In Shallow Water.
Mr. Mose Townsend of Rock Island, whose wife is a sister of Mrs. G.C. Weisler of this community, while here last Friday en route to the centennial celebration at Columbus received a message of the death of his son, Hume Townsend, 17 years of age who was killed by electricity in Kansas City, Missouri. The young man was working for a dredging company and it is said that he waded out in shallow Water in the Missouri river to recover a wire carrying a small current. The young man graduated from the Rock Island high school the past spring and was very popular among all the people that knew him. Shortly after the closing of school, he went to Missouri to work in the wheat fields. It is stated, later taking a position with the dredging company. The body was shipped to Rock Island Monday, the funeral being held from the family residence at that place, with Interment in the Rock Island [Myrtle] cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. G. O. Weisler and family, and others from here, were among those in attendance at the funeral. Eagle Lake Headlight, September 1, 1923
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