Niobrara County News
April 19, 1917
JOHN NORTON KILLED in AUTO ACCIDENT
John W. NORTON, a well known and prominent Niobrara county [WY] citizen, and resident of Lusk, was instantly killed in an auto
accident Tuesday, while riding alone to the oil fields north of that city. The car was found a short time after the
tragedy, turned over with the body pinned underneath and signs showed that he had been instantly killed. It is tho't the
accident was caused by the front wheels becoming "jack knifed" in his attempt to turn from a rut in the road, which at the
high rate of speed he was traveling, caused the car to overturn.
April 19, 1917
FATAL AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Some time Tuesday morning [April 17, 1917], while driving in his car on the north road near Earl BLISS' place on a down grade, John W.
NORTON lost his life when the car overturned, pinning him underneath. There was no eye-witness to the accident, but it is
supposed that he was driving down hill at a fairly fast gait, and, in an endeavor to get out of the rut or to avoid an
obstruction in the road, had turned the steering wheel too much when the front wheels "buckled" and the car immediately
upset. When discovered, life was found to be extinct.
The coroner, accompanied by several citizens, went out in two cars
to the scene of the accident, and brought the body to town when it was placed in the Boyd undertaking rooms to be prepared
for burial. An examination disclosed the fact that his chest had been crushed in and that in all probability death was
instantaneous. The coroner decided that no inquest was necessary.
Mr. NORTON, who had conducted a saloon business for a
number of years, and had a large circle of friends in Lusk and Niobrara county, was an old resident of Wyoming, covering
a period of 30 to 35 years.
He was born in Butler County, Pa., in [April 30] 1853. From there he moved first to Brown county, Illinois, thence to Ringgold, Iowa,
where he was married, and later to Wyoming.
He is survived by his widow and four sisters, two of whom live in Kansas
and two in Iowa. These distant relatives have been communicated with and on their arrival the funeral will take place,
Much sympathy is expressed for Mrs. NORTON on account of the great shock and her sudden bereavement,
and her more intimate friends are giving her all the comfort and consolation they can.
NOTE: Interment at Lusk Cemetery.
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2010
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