Willie Griffin obituary

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Saturday, May 15, 1897
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Wille Henry Griffin was born in Cedar City, Mower county, April 22, 1871. He was third son of L. B. and Harriet Griffin and was educated at the Austin public school.

He went to Montana in the fall of 1891, where he worked in the mines and on the range, later securing a position as fireman on the Montana Central Railway. On the evening of Jan. 15, 1895, he received a severe blow which caused his long illness, when four carloads of giant powder which was stored in a warehouse at Butte City, Montana, exploded. He was in the hospital at Butte City five months and was removed to Austin in June, where several operations were performed which gave him temporary relief.

In the spring of 1896 he went to Kirksville, Mo., for treatment, which helped him to some extent. He also received treatment at Minneapolis. He returned home and last December was taken very ill and it was found that his injuries were too deeply seated to be permanently cured.

He was twenty-six years old, was a good moral young man of excellent habits and liked by all who knew him. His death will be mourned by a great number of railroad men and friends in addition to the family.

The funeral services were held at Cedar City at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, Rev. Briggs officiating, and a very large concourse of friends was present. Interment in the Cedar City cemetery, beside the mother he loved so well. The sorrowing family have the sympathy of the whole community in their great bereavement.