Miami Union

May 14, 1870 

DILLS, GEORGE - Mr. George Dills, son-in-law of Col. Jonas Westlake, of this vicinity, a young man, aged about 28 years, met with an accident on Wednesday evening, from which he died in about twenty minutes.  He had brought a load of corn to town, and was returning home in the evening.  When near his home he had a gate to pass through where he turned from the road to go to his house.  This he opened, and started the team through, remaining behind to close the gate and expecting the horses to stop at his command.  Instead of doing so, they started off briskly.  Mr. D. ran and tried to regain his position in the wagon, but was knocked down by the wheels, one of which passed over his body inflicting internal injuries, which resulted as above stated.  There was a young woman and small child in the wagon at the time, but she with the child in her arms, rolled herself out at the tail end of the wagon, and was but slightly hurt.  The horses ran some fifteen or twenty rods when the wagon struck a large tree and was completely overturned and the horses became entirely detached.  Mr. Dills leaves a wife but no children.

Troy Times

May 12, 1870

DILLS, GEORGE - On Wednesday Mr. George Dills, on his return home from Troy, after he had got within a short distance of his house, stopped to shut the gate at the end of his lane. His horses started and he ran to stop them, but got between the wheels and was knocked down. The wagon ran over him and injured him so that he died in twenty minutes.

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