In Wayne county's second fatality by train In less than two days, William Davis, about 45 years old, was struck and killed early Thursday evening June 20, 1946 near the Bridge avenue C.& 0. railroad trestle, in Richmond.
Davis' dismembered body, sliced in half and both arms shorn off,was discovered by flagman C.M. Gephart. of Peru, as train No. 62 pulled away from its regular stop on near the trestle, city police reported.
Late Wednesday afternoon, George Maderer, an inmate of the Wayne County infirmary near Centerville, was struck and killed by a train near the Infirmary premises. Davis also was an inmate of the county institution until he left the infirmary last Sunday morning. Davis, a cripple, who formerly lived in a shack near the scene of his death, was believed to have returned to his home from the infirmary. His crutches were found by police in the shack. He only recently was taken to the infirmary. Police late Thursday received a call that he had been found in a shed on North Sixteenth street. Taken to the county jail for the night, he was removed to the infirmary on Friday. Authorities at the institution Thursday night said Davis left the Infirmary early Sunday morning.
Funeral services for Mr. Davis will be conducted at the Jones & Placke Funeral home Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ossie Davia; three daughters. Mary and Rosie of Richmond, and Miss Helen Davis of Staten Island, N. Y
One son, Charles of Richmond and two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Stevens and Mrs. Viccie Levi both Richmond.
Burial will be at Earlham Cemetery
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