Little Chap Crushed to Death
A distressing accident
happened south of town about 5.30 p.m. last Thursday, by which
Charles Slade, the 12 year old son of Mrs. George Slade of Woodhouse
was almost instantly killed.
Arthur Coates, the teamster
for the Simcoe Wool Stock Company, had just left the works with a
dray piled high with bales.
The little Slade boy, whose
home was nearby, ran and caught on to the rear of the dray, Mr.
Coates being of course entirely unaware of his presence.
Coming out of the mills
yards, there are two roads to take. After turning on to one, he
changed his mind and decided to go the other.
This necessitated his
backing his vehicle, which struck against the cement wall of the
storehouse. Caught between the two the poor little Slade boy was
crushed instantly to death.
Coroner Richardson, after
investigating, decided the death was due entirely to accident, and
no inquest necessary.
George Slade, the boy's
father, is a soldier in France. There are four younger children.
The funeral took place at 5
o'clock Friday from the undertaking establishment of Mr. Joseph
Coates to Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Brook, proprietor of the Wool Stock
Co., and his employees, attended in a body.