Shelby  County  Indiana
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The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, April 15, 1920
Mrs. Wheeler Mother of
Baby Girl -- Funeral of
Father Today.
(From Thursday's Daily.)
          Mrs. Chester Wheeler,  wife of one of the victims of the tragic accident, Tuesday morning, near New Bethel, when the truck in which  Mr. Wheeler  and  George Cornforth  were riding was struck by the 10:35 eastbound traction car is the mother of a baby girl, born to her early this morning.  The mother has been in a very serious condition, since receiving the news of her hsuband's death.
          Mrs. Wheeler's condition is extremely serious.  The birth of the child was premature due to the terrible news of the tragedy.  She was reported by the attending physician to have suffered a nervious breakdown.  Mrs. Cornforth,  wife of Geo. Cornforth, also remains in a serious condition, according to reports this afternoon.
          The funeral of Mr. Wheeler was held this morning at the home on west Mechanic street at 10:30 o'clock and burial was made in the Mt. Auburn [should by Mt. Pisgah - pmf] cemetery.  The Cornforth funeral was held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon at the Fairland Christian church and burial was made in the Boggstown cemetery, in charge of Charles Ewing, undertaker.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, April 8, 1920
George Cornforth and Chester Wheeler, of This City,
Victims of Tragic Accident Northwest of New Bethel
This Morning -- Men Were on Their Way to Indianapolis
-- Bodies Badly Mangled.
Car Runs for 150 Feet Before
Hitting and Breaking Down
Telephone Pole -- Families
Prostrated With Shock
(From Tuesday's Daily)
          George Cornforth,  of 215 east Locust street, and  Chester Wheeler  474 west Mechanic street, were instantly killed this morning, a mile northwest of New Bethel, when the I.& C. interurban car, due here at 10:35 eastbound, hit the truck in which they wee driving to Indianapolis with a load of paper from the Kennedy Car Liner Compnay, of this city.  The accident caused the derailment of the interurban car and service was not resumed until after noon today.  Both bodies were horribly mangled and were taken to Indianapolis to be prepared for burial.
Crash is Terrific
          The interurban car was siad to be traveling at great speed and struck the front part of the truck which was used by Mr. Cornforth and Mr. Wheeler in their transfer business in this city.  It is probably that the blinding showstorm prevented the men from seeing the car so near upon them.  The interurban car ran for nearly one hundred fifty feet after hitting the truck and struck a pole which stopped it.  Had it not been for the pole it is probable that the car would have turned over.  It was derailed when it hit the pole.
          Mr. Cornforth's body was found under the truck at one side of the raod while Mr. Wheeler's body lay fifteen feet from where the truck had been hit.  Both men were dead when the first persons reached them.  The force of the crash lifted the bed of the truck from the truck proper and threw one on one side of the road and the bed on the other side.  The truck was practically demolished.
Bodies Are Mangled
          Both bodies were cut and mangled and were almost unrecognizable.  The limbs of both men were severed while nearly all the bones of their bodies were broken.  The bodies were taken to a sub-station of the traction company, nearby, and were later removed to an Indianapolis undertaking establishment.  They will probably be brought to the late homes in this city tonight.
          Both Mr. Cornforth and Mr. Wheeler were well known and prominent Shelbyville business men.  Mr. Wheeler is a graduate of the Indiana law school and practiced law in this city with  Elmer Bassett  in the K. of P. building until he was forced to give up this work in 1918 on account of his health.  He was a member of the Shelby County Bar Association and had only been associated with Mr. Cornforth in the trucking and transfer business a short time.  He was a son of  Mr. and Mrs. Tilson M. Wheeler,  474 west Mechanic street, and was aged about 29.  He had been in Kansas for his health after giving up the practice of law and returned here about a year ago.  He was a candidate for prosecuting attorney on the republican ticktet at the last election.  Nine months ago he was united in marriage with  Miss Stella Alexander  of this city.  The widow, his parents and one half-brother,  Jasper Wheeler,  east of this city, survive him.
          Mr. Cornforth was 37 years of age and had been engaged in the trucking business here for several years, being one of the pioneers in this business in Shelbyville.  He was one of the organizers of the Shelby County Truck Association and a business man of recobnized ability.  He was formerly in partnership with  Len Gosney  of this city and owing to this fact many persons at first believed the Mr. Goxney was with him this morning.  Mr. Cornforth leaves his widown, who has been at the point of death from illness for several weeks.  He also is survived by his step-daughter,  Miss Susie Henderson,  nad one brother,  Thomas Cornforth,  living near the Cave.
          The tragedy caused much sorrow here and the families of the two men have the sympathy of the community at this critical time.  The near relatives of the victims were [about seven words are not legible] of the accident.  The traction car was in charge of  Earl Moore,  conductor and  Burt Glover,  Motorman.
Services to be Held Thursday
--- Shock of Accident
Very Severe.
(From Wednesday's Daily.)
          Funeral services for  George Cornforth and  Chester Wheeler,  of this city, victims of the tragic accident, northwest of New Bethel, will be held Thursday morning and afternoon.  Both men were killed instantly when the truck in which they wee driving to Indianapolis with a load of paper from the Kennedy Car Liner Company, of this city, was struck by the 10:35 eastbound traction car.
          The Wheeler funeral will be held at his home on west Mechanic street, Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock and burial will be made in the Mt. Pisgah cemetery.  Funeral services for Mr. Cornforth will be held at the Fairland Christian church, Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and interment will be made in the Boggstown cemetery.
          The shock of the tragedy is the most severe of any here for some time, both of the victims being among the well known and respected residents.  Relatives are prostrated with grief.  The sympathy of every resident of the county goes out to the bereaved families.
          Charles Ewing, undertaker, is in charge of the funerals and burial.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Indianapolis  Star
July 17, 1915
Page 4   Column 5
          SHELBYVILLE -- Genevieve Wheeler, 5-year old daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wheeler,  is at the point of death from lockjaw.  A few days ago the child crushed a finger in an emery wheel her father was using to sharpen a scythe and tetanus developed.
Contributed by Virginia Latta Curulla

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, February 28, 1901
          Robert J. Bailiff, of Clark County, Ill., is visiting his cousin,  Mrs. Tilson Wheeler, east of the city, for a few days.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, October 4, 1898
           Mrs. Tilson Wheeler, who lives east of town, left last Friday to visit friends in Clark county, Illinois, for a few days.  She will then go to Kansas to visit a sister she has not met for seventeen years.  She expects to be gone three weeks.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
June 16, 1898
Page 3   column 1
          The team driven by  Frank Bowman,  and owned by  Mr. John Wheeler,  of Shelby township, took fright at a J., M. & L. engine Saturday afternoon, and when they came to a halt, on East Hendricks st., the wagon was demolished and the horses both flat of their backs. Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Daily  Democrat
Shelbyville, Ind.
June 6, 1892
Page 4
          German millett seed for sale by  John L. Wheeler, or leave orders at  C. K. Bryan's  grocery store.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
Shelbyville, Ind.
Tuesday, October 2, 1883
          WHEELER -- To Mr. and Mrs. John L. Wheeler,  on September 30th, a girl -- weight nine pounds.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Republican
Shelbyville, Indiana
December 19, 1878
          Thos. J. Wheeler, of West York Illinois, is visiting relatives east of town.
          Ben. Wheeler, east of town, moves to Crawford county, Illinois, next week.
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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