W.F.A. Wilson killed by falling tree
Grimsby Independent, 15 Nov 1916, p. 1

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Newspaper located at the Grimsby Museum. Aged 65.
Date of Publication:
15 Nov 1916
Date Of Event:
9 Nov 1916
Personal Name(s):
Wilson, W.F.A.
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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The people of Grimsby and vicinity were greatly shocked on Thursday evening, Nov. 9, to learn of the death of Mr. W.F.A. Wilson, who was accidentally killed on his own farm while engaged in cutting down a tree. On Thursday afternoon Mr. Wilson and his man went up to the side of the mountain to cut down some timber for firewood. They were felling quite a large tree when it lodged on another tree and split at the butt. Mr. Wilson went to chop it free from the stump and it suddenly flew back, striking him in the head and killing him instantly. Assistance was immediately called and the remains removed to his home a short distance away. The only son, Lieut. Wilson, of the 118th Battalion, was absent at London when the accident occurred and upon being notified, he immediately returned to Grimsby and took charge of the arrangements for the funeral. The deceased gentleman was an enterprising fruit grower of considerable means and besides working the fruit farm where he resided, about a mile west of Grimsby, he also worked a large fruit farm near Beamsville. In early life he had followed the business of lumberman and saw-mill owner, and later engaged in the furniture business at Strathroy and Berlin. He was also engaged in the mercantile business for a time in Manitoba. He also was interested in Cuban fruit lands. The deceased gentleman is survived by his widow, one son, Lieut. Wilson, and two daughters, Mrs. W.G.Smith of Welland and Mrs. H.B. Moore of Hamilton. The funeral, which was private, took place on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock to Queen's Lawn Cemetery, the Rev. Mr. McLaughlin of the Methodist Church, Grimsby, officiating. The militia department being represented by four brother officers of Lieut. Wilson's from the 118th.

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W.F.A. Wilson killed by falling tree