David Y. Black Obituary
Newspaper article from Hutchinson newspaper Friday , July 1, 1927.
NONAGENARIAN KILLED BY TRAIN
David Y. Black, for a Half Century. Kansas Resident. Dies in Ambulance
David Y. Black, 91, an early Kansas Pioneer who has made Hutchinson his home since last August, was fatally injured late yesterday afternoon, when he was struck by the Missouri Pacific passenger train no. 314, west bound at the Maple Street crossing. He was picked up by an ambulance and taken to St. Elizabeth’s hospital, but he died before reaching there. Mr. Black had left the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nan Winder, 304 Ave A,, where he makes his home, to take a walk and he had been gone about 25 minutes when the call came to the home that he had been killed.
Used cane and crutch
Being crippled with rheumatism, he walked with a cane and crutch, but otherwise was in good health. Some who witnessed the accident said the train did not whistle at the crossing, for Mr. Black’s hearing was good for a man of his age. When the train struck him, he caught the guard on the engine with his hands where he clung til the train stopped. Upon examination it was found that his left side was crushed and he had three broken ribs.
In Kansas 50 years
Born in Pennsylvania, Mr. Black came to Kansas in 1878 and homesteaded in Rush County where he lived for about four years. He then moved to McPherson where he was a resident for four years, going from there to Gove County, where he homesteaded a ranch and lived for forty years. He moved into Claflin then, where he lived until his wife died last August. He came to Hutchinson at that time and has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Nan Winder. The body will be taken to Claflin tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock and funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be in the Claflin cemetery.
Surviving Mr. Black are four daughters, Mrs. Ida Fox of Pueblo, Colo., Mrs. Ella Ewing, of Midvale, Utah. Mrs. Harriett Watson of Burlington, Colo., and Mrs. Nan Winder 304 Ave A east and four sons, George of Hoisington, Thomas of Penokee, Kan, Robert of Los Angeles, Calif., and William C. of Wilson.
This has been transcribed as written. David Y. Black was my great-great-grandfather.