Mount Union Stories: Thomas Wyatt (1825-1900)

Published as it appeared on Sept. 5, 1900, in the Corvallis Times, Page 3, Column 3.

A Fatal Accident.

Thomas Wyatt, a brother of William Wyatt and an old resident of Benton county, was instantly killed in an accident at his home Monday. The accident happened late in the afternoon, while Mr. Wyatt and two boys named Stevenson were hauling straw from a field. The loading of the wagon had just been completed and Mr. Wyatt had climbed on and started to drive away. As the wagon passed over a steep side hill, the victim slid from the top of the load. He struck violently on the ground and never spoke afterwards. Details are meager as the Times goes to press, and theories as to the immediate manner of death do not agree. Some say the neck was broken; others that in the fall, the victim’s head struck on the single tree, resulting in an injury to the brain. In falling the victim pitched forward over one of the corners of the load. As he went down he shouted something to the boys who were but ten and twelve years of age, and the words then spoken were his last.

The deceased was about 75 years of age. As near as can be learned he was a native of England, and came to Benton county with his brother in the late Forties. His home was located two or three miles from Philomath on the Alsea road. Mrs. Wyatt died several years ago. There are three sons, all residing on the Pacific slope but in what states the Times has not been able to learn.

The funeral occurs to day and the interment will be in the Newton cemetery.

Published as it appeared on Sept. 7, 1900, in the Corvallis Gazette, Page 5, Column 3.

A Fatal Fall.

Late in the evening, Monday, Charley Overlander arrived in this city and reported the death of Thomas Wyatt, whose home was near Philomath. From Mr. Overlander and others statements it appears that Mr. Wyatt and two boys by the name of Stevenson, aged about ten and twelve years, were hauling straw. This accident occurred late in the afternoon. When the wagon was loaded Mr. Wyatt started to drive away and in crossing the field the fore wheels of the wagon “chucked” down into a dead furrow. This brought the wagon to a sudden stop and Mr. Wyatt was pitched forward on his head. The exact result of the fall could not be learned, and there are two reports, one is that the neck was broken, while the other states that the gentleman struck the tongue or whippletrees and death ensued as the result of injury to the brain. While falling he attempted to say something to the boys, but it was unintelligible and he never spoke again as death was instantaneous.

The deceased was a brother of Wm. Wyatt, and was aged somewhere between 75 and 80 years. It is stated that he was a native of Benton county, in company with his brother, some time in the 40’s. His wife died a few years ago, but three sons survive him and they are located at different points of the coast.

A year or two ago Mr. Wyatt fell from a load of straw in almost the same manner and his friends cautioned him then about the risk he ran on account of his great age, but he laughed at the idea. At the time of his first fall it was thought he was dead, as the shock rendered him insensible for quite awhile.

The remains were interred Wednesday, in the Newton cemetery.

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