Former Hornitos Man Killed By Train
Arthur T. ADAMS, ditch foreman of the Merced Irrigation district, while driving on last Tuesday morning on G. Street, was struck and instantly killed at 8:05 o'clock by a Southern Pacific passenger train No. 109, approaching Merced from the south.
Mr. ADAMS was driving an irrigation district Ford car with a box "slipo" body behind to carry tools. He came to the track at the G street crossing, and either did not see the train or thought perhaps he could cross ahead of it, when the machine was struck near the middle, pinning the rig and driver to the pilot and they were carried down the tracks a distance of 200 yards before the engineer could bring the train to a stop. Mr. ADAMS was apparently killed instantly. The automobile was a mass of twisted wreckage. Coroner W. M. GRIFFIN was summoned and took charge of the remains of Mr. ADAMS removing the body to the undertaking parlors.
Mr. ADAMS and family lived at 744 Fourteenth street coming here from Hornitos two years ago and purchased the old home of Mrs. A. J. MEANY. Last summer Mr. ADAMS took a position as ditch foreman for the irrigation district, working through the summer and resuming the work again this year.
Arthur Thompson ADAMS was born in Hornitos, January 6th, 1868, and was therefore past 55 years old. Fifty-three of those years were spent at the old home ranch near Hornitos and two years ago he came to Merced as above stated. His father, William ADAMS Sr., died last year at the ripe old age of 92 and was buried in Merced. The mother died some years ago.
Mr. ADAMS leaves the widow and two young sons, Arthur and Charles, to mourn his tragic and untimely death. He also leaves three sisters and two brothers- Mrs. George HERREN, William ADAMS and Morgan ADAMS of Merced and Miss Florence ADAMS and Mrs. Amy GILES of Hornitos.
Mr. ADAMS was a member of Merced Lodge No. 352, Woodmen Of The World.
Train 109 of the S. P. this morning which struck and killed Mr. ADAMS was in charge of Engineer J. D. HOYT, Fireman H. G. ARCHIBALD and Conductor J. H. CARDWELL. - Merced Sun.
Mr. ADAMS was one of the best known and most highly respected citizens of Hornitos and his tragic death has caused much sorrowing in his home town.
Funeral services were held in Merced at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, under the direction of the Woodsmen, internment in the Merced cemetery.
Contributed by: Carol Lackey