The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Thursday, March 30, 1905
Conductor T.C. BELL of Lincoln, Neb., came yesterday to visit his father who is seriously ill. On the 23rd of this month Conductor BELL's train was wrecked in West Lincoln ad two coaches were overturned. Thirty-three passengers were injured, but none fatally. The wreck was caused by a broken bolt in a switch. In commenting on the wreck the Omaha Bee speaks as follows concerning the heroic work of Conductor BELL:
"ADDISON WAIT, chief clerk of the State Banking Board, was able to leave the sanitarium this afternoon, despite the pain from three broken ribs. He appeared at the State Capitol, and in describing the incidents of the wreck, declared that the heroic efforts of Contuctor T.C. BELL could not be praised too highly. Despite the pain from his severe wounds about the face and head, BELL was one of the first to rush to the aid of the injured passengers. Hastily wrapping some cloths about his face he appeared on the scene and labored all morning, rescuing the imprisoned and caring for their wounds. He was the last injured person to leave the wreck for the hospital." --------------------------------------------------
MR. JOHN RILEY WILSON, who has been sick for three months with Bright's disease and a complication of troubles, to the great sorrow and distress of his family and his many neighbors and friends, died on Friday morning, March 24, 1905. MR. WILSON was fifty-three years of age. He was born in Indiana on September 27, 1851, and when about the age of nine years emigrated with his parents to Iowa and settled in Benton Township near what is now known as the Salem Church. On March 15, 1875, he and MISS MARTHA HAWK were united in marriage; to this union were born four children, EMMA, BERT, FLOYD and ETHEL, who with the mother are left to mourn his departure.
For perhaps twenty-five years the family has lived in this township, not far from the village of DERBY. MR. WILSON was an honored and consistent member of the Methodist church from his youth to the end, and for many years was class leader. On Sunday, the 26th inst., his remains were taken to the Salem Cemetery where the funeral services were conducted by his Pastor, Rev. John Harned, preaching from 2nd Tim. 4,6,7, and 8. MR. WILSON was a noble man, a true friend and a splendid citizen, and his death is deeply deplored.