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Willis Paylor

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Posted: 1372082002000
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Surnames: Paylor
The Wisconsin soldiers went into camp at Camp Douglas on Sunday last. Willis Taylor (sic) one of Beloit's soldier boys, aged 19 years, was killed on the way by being caught in a switch target while standing on the car platform and leaning his head out.

Miss Jessie Paylor was called by telegram to Beloit yesterday and returned today. The unfortunate young man Willis Paylor, who was killed while on his way to Camp Douglas with the Beloit Company proves to be her brother. The funeral will be held at Brooklyn tomorrow at 3 o'clock p.m. the families former home. Rev. W. W. Stevens of this city, officiating. The family have the deepest sympathy of their many friends in this city as well as in Brooklyn and Beloit.

The Janesville Gazette gives the following account of the accident: CAMP DOUGLAS, July 10--A shocking accident marred the Light Infantry's journey to the state military reservation yesterday. Over one of the cars a soldier's brains were spattered after a switch target had torn his skull apart and thrown him unconscious beside the track. The victim of the accident was Willis Paylor, of Beloit, and his death cannot but ensue if it has not already occurred. Paylor was riding on the platform of the second car and was hanging on the side of the train. As he swung backward a short, sheet steel switch target caught him in the face and cleft his skull. The cut extended from the roots of the hair on the forehead to the bridge of the nose. Below the skull was crushed and fractured making a gash an inch wide and two inches deep. Blood flowed from the wound in a stream and the brain was exposed. Paylor never moved after the accident and when the train reached Kilbourn City he was taken from the baggage car and placed in charge of Dr. Evans and two members of the Beloit company. Captain Rogers had given his men strict orders to keep off the platform and it owing to disregard of his order that Paylor was hurt. The victim of the accident was nineteen years of age and worked in the Berlin Machine Company's factory.

July 14, 1893, Enterprise, p. 4, col. 2, Evansville, Wisconsin

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