Etc. -- Charles Slade killed, 1917
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A lightly edited transcript of a page 1 article in the 26 Jul 1917 Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Bright 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.

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