J. B. Watson, Obituary/Death NoticePorter County obituaries and death notices . . . .

J. B. Watson

(From Tuesday's Daily)

"A man believed from papers found in his pockets to have been a Dr. J. B. Watson of Deerfield, Kas., was killed by a street car at Harrison street Sunday night. He was crossing the street and evidently failed to see the car. His skull was fractured and he died half an hour after being taken to St. Luke's hospital. He appeared to have been about 45 years of age. He carried a traveling card of the Elks lodge No. 350 of Ashland, Ky. He also wore a Masonic pin. About $50 in bills and silver was found in his pockets."

Notice on the part of J. K. Watson, of this city, of the foregoing news item in a Chicago paper was the shock that impressed upon him that his father had been killed. Mr. Watson lives in the Pioneer flats with his young wife, and his father had been here for a visit. Dr. Watson arrived here Sunday, and started for the return home the same evening. During the walk from one depot in Chicago to another he met death.

The son here was prostrated. The first message of the father's death was sent to Ashland, Ky., after identification by his Elks' card, and from that city a telegram came requesting that Mr. and Mrs. Watson leave here at once for that place. The young man had believed that his grandmother was dead. Then he read the Chicago paper. His prostration followed. Upon his recovery he began to prepare for the trip. With his wife he left here last night at 9:45, over the Pennsylvania, for Ashland, where the body of his father was taken.

Dr. Watson was wealthy and came here to look after his son's welfare and to meet Mr. Whitcomb, father of his daughter-in-law.The meeting was prearranged. The men were strangers till then, although Ashland was the former home of the Watsons. The meeting was a pleasant one. The son and daughter here of the two men were advised to take a better apartment in the building. Dr. Watson left for Kansas Sunday evening, and yesterday morning Mr. Whitcomb went to Kentucky.

Dr. Watson was owner of a large hospital at Deerfield. He wanted his son to be educated in the bluegrass country, so sent him to the old town of Ashland to attend high school. The son graduated there last summer, married Miss Whitcomb two months ago, and then they came here that Mr. Watson might prepare himself for a medical course.

Dr. Watson leaves a widow, who started for Ashland as soon as she received news of the death. The body will be buried there.

Newspaper: The Porter County Vidette
Date of Publication: March 29, 1916
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Page: 4
Column(s): 1

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    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

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                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
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