William F. Nicholson

East Moline Man of 94 Killed; Was Member of G.A.R.
Photograph William F. Nicholson, aged 94, of 1348 9th Ave, East Moline, who died at the Moline city hospital at 2:43 yesterday afternoon, an hour after he was struck by an automoble, was a veteran of the Civil War, and one of the oldest members of John Buford post, G.A.R., of Rock Island. He formerly resided in Moline and in Rock Island. Funeral services will be held at 2 tomorrow afternoon in Grace Methodist Church, East Moline, the Rev. E.D. Palmer officiating. Members if the G.A.R. of Moline and Rock Island are expected to attend. The aged Civil War veteran will be buried in Pleasant Point Cemetery in Coe township, where he formerly resided. He had resided in Rock Island County for more than three-quarters if a century. Mr. Nicholson was crossing 2-W Avenue at Nineteenth street in the Watertown section of East Moline when he was struck by an automobile driven by Otto Bossow, a resident of Campbell's Island. Bossow was turning into Nineteenth Street into 2-W Avenue. The Civil War veteran was struck in the chest by the fender of the automobile. Several of his ribs were fractured and he suffered internal injuries. Warren Morris of Moline, driving an automobile, saw the accident and with the aid of Bossow picked the injured man up and took him to the Moline city hospital in his (Morris') car. Dr. J.H. Fowler called. Mr. Nicholson was unconscious when he was picked up and remained unconscious until he died an hour later.

Driver Not Held Morris and Bossow remained at the hospital until Nicholson died and Bossow then returned to East Moline where he reported the accident to police. He was not held. Bossow, Morris, and Charles Filbert, another witness, said the accident was unavoidable. An inquest is scheduled to be held in Primm Funeral Home this afternoon. The body will be remain in the funeral home until the services Saturday afternoon. Mr. Nicholson was born in Greene county, Illinois, on Feb. 5 1838. When a youth, he came to Rock Island County with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Miles Nicholson, and the family resided on a farm in Coe township for some years. Mr. Nicholson enlisted in the Union Army when the Civil War broke out, serving in Company H, 51st Illinois Infantry. After the war he lived in Rock Island County for a number of years, and for some time was deputy sherriff. He married Mary Smith in Rock Island on Dec. 25, 1867. His wife died in 1920. For some years Mr. Nicholson resided at Port Byron. He later lived at Moline, and for a time at Quincy, and then returned to this county and recently had been residing with his son in East Moline. He was a member of the Methodist church. Surviving are four sons, Miles of East Moline, Jess of Moline, William of Hillsdale and Albert of Quincy; twelve grandchildren and twenty-seven grandchildren.

- "The Moline Dispatch" - August 5, 1932

- Contributed by Jim Sanderlin