Friday, November 25, 2016

Death of Man in Bark Hut

Obit, 5/31/1900: 
Man Found Dead in a Bark Hut on Indian Creek, Death by heart disease,
The verdict of the Coroner’s Jury Over the Dead Body of George Washington. 

Wed evening William Brunson living about three miles south of this city found the dead body of a man in a bark hut near the railroad bridge  crossing Indian creek. The man had been in the community for about five weeks. He was a tinkerer by trade, having a kit of tools and earning a scant living by mending tinware. He gave his name as George Washington , and seemed to be honorably disposed person, never accepting anything without at least offering to pay for it. He lived a hermit life in a bark hovel in the bottoms. In a manner he was affable and occasionally entertained the people who lived near with stories of his adventures. 

Coroner Abel was notified and the body brought to this city Thurs  morning when an inquest was held. Papers were found on his body showing that he was a soldier of the Union in the Civil War. He was mustered into the service in 1863 under Captain J B Miller and mustered out July 17, 1865, He had an honorable discharge . He was a man of about 55 years of age. Those who knew him say that he was troubled by smothering spells. The verdict of the jury was death by heart failure. The body was interred in the city cemetery here as no trace of relatives could be found.