A Shelby County Newspaper
Mrs. Maud Sox, who resides at 202
west South street, in this city, received a telephone message last night at 11
o'clock from the officials of the Central Hospital for the Insane at
Indianapolis, saying that her husband, John Sox, 36, an
inmate of the hospital, had been run over by a train and killed. Late last
evening she received a message saying that he was lost and that every effort was
being made to find him.
Saturday, July 26, 1919
JOHN SOX IS KILLED IN
INDIANAPOLIS BY TRAIN
Local Man Escapes From Hospital --
Body Found Later in Railroad Yards.
WIFE AND SMALL SON LEFT
Had Been at Indianapolis Hospital for
the Last Three Weeks -- Wife Received
Word Last Evening That He Was Lost.
While patients of the hospital were taking exercise in the grounds yesterday
afternoon, Sox disappeared. Hospital authorities immediately notified the
police, who were searching for Sox, when word came that his body had been found
in the railroad yards.
The body was found in the Big Four railway years west of Belmont avenue,
Indianapolis. A freight car loaded with stone had struck his neck and
nearly severed his head from the body.
Indianapolis police say they found evidence which were conclusive in the minds
that Sox had planned his death. The body was found with the arms folded
underneath, indicating that Sox lay down on the track while the crews were
switching the freight cars.
Mrs. Sox, the wife, said today that her husband had been in failing health for
the last three years, suffering from a catarrh of the stomach and bowels.
She said that he was not insane, and suffered from physical trouble and not
mental. He was taken to the Indianapolis hospital three weeks ago
yesterday, she said, on the advice of the attending physician. On Jan. 23,
1919, he was taken to the Robert Long hospital, where he stayed six weeks,
taking treatment. No change for the better resulted in his condition and
he was again taken to Indianapolis to the hospital where he had been for the
last three weeks.
His wife is prostrate
over the tragic death and her grief is undescribable[sic]. One child
survives with her, whose name is Paul, six years old. Another
child, Sophia Elmira, died last September at the age of three
The family came here from
Moral township, where he had been engaged as a farmer, on Feb. 12, of this
year Mr. and Mrs. Sox were married on Sept. 21, 1913, and lived in Moral
township before coming to this city. She is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. John K. Stewart, of Shelby county.
John Sox was
born in Sept 13, 1883, in this city, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sox.
His parents died when he was a small boy. Until he was seventeen years of
age he lived east of this city on a farm. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Perry,
near this city, took him into their home and were the same as father and mother
to him. He always considered them as his parents. A sister, Mrs.
Stacy Zell, of 618 south Tompkins street and three brothers survive.
The brothers are Roy Sox, of west Mechanic street; George
Sox, of New Castle; Samuel Goble, of Marion township, who
was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Goble. Two uncles, Robert
and Ben Kaster, residing on the Morristown pike, are left.
He had hosts of friends in this city and county who regret to hear of his
death. The family has the sympathy of the entire community.
Funeral arrangements will
be made later.
Dr. Paul F. Robinson,
coroner of Marion county, at Indianapolis, began an investigation today on the
death of Sox. Further word from Indianapolis says the body was found
by l. H. Jones, 3200 Meridian street, Indianapolis, a switchman,
who, with other members of a train crew, was switching cars at that point.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming