Thursday, April 21, 2011

OBITUARY: John "Hull" Helton (1932)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, April 7, 1932 – page 1, column 3:

“Hull” Helton Killed When Reaches For Dollar
John Helton, familiarly known in Danville as “Hull,” was buried in the South cemetery, Sunday.

Helton was killed near the Kingan packing plant in Indianapolis when he was struck by an engine on the Pennsylvania right-of-way, Thursday. He was gathering coal along the right-of-way when an employee of Kingan & Co. observed his poverty stricken condition and threw a dollar to him. The dollar rolled near the rails and unaware of an approaching train, Helton tried to retrieve it and was struck.

Friends in Indianapolis arranged for his burial here in the family lot. Before the time of paved streets around the square in Danville “Hull” was a familiar character here when he drove the sprinkling wagon.

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