ILL FATED FAMILY.
The Last of the Famous Archer
Boys is Dead,
WILL ARCHER KILLED RY THE CARS AT WELKEK LAST WEEK.
Bowling Green Sentinel. The last of the Archer boys is dead, and to conform to all predictions of the family, he died with his boots on, as six brothers and two brothers-in-law before him have done.
The last son to complete such a re¬ markable record, was William Archer, of North Baltimore, who was run over and killed by the fast freight on the B. & O. at Welker on Tuesday evening.
He had been at Findlay and was re¬ turning to his home at North Balti¬ more. He arrived at Welker in the evening on the T. & O. C, in an intox-' icated condition. Soon after he start-j ed out on the B. & O. track to walk to North Baltimore. He had proceeded but a few rods when the fast west bound freight run him down. He was thrown against the engine andhishead smashed terribly. The remains were gathered up and carried to Diebley's at North Baltimore, where they were prepared for burial. The accident oc- cured nearly in front of the restaurant located opposite the depot, at about 7 o'clock.
This death completes the sensational taking off of one of the most remark¬ able families in Ohio. There were seven sons and one adopted sou, and all have died violent deaths save one. There are four sons-in-law, and two of these have met death by violent means. In addition there was one unmarried daughter, whose body, after death met, with a ghoulish fate.
Few families in the United States have such a sanguinery and grewsome record. In fact we believe the mortu¬ ary annals of the country will not re¬ cord a parallel during times of peace and in a law-abiding community. Of the eight violent deaths, three were killed by a weapon and six met death through accidental means. Five of these latter were the result of train ac¬ cidents.
The family of Archers is well known in the early history of Northern Han¬ cock and Southern Wood county. Many years ago the family resided at Van Buren/then known far and wide as the "Fighting Town." James Ar¬ cher, the father, distinguished himself as one of the principal malcontents, and the sons all grew up with surround¬ ings that naturally conducted to a reck¬ less disposition.
The Archer family, removed to a farm near North Baltimore in the ear¬ ly history of that city, and here they have resided ever since. Nearly a quarter of a century ago, James Ar¬ cher, the father, secured the contract for carrying the mails between Bow¬ ling Green and Findlay. In the same connection he run a hack line between the two places, and the older Bowling Greeners remember vividly the Ar¬ cher hack line and the pokey slow coach. He made but one trip a day leaving Bowling Green at about 8 o'clock in the morning, reaching North Baltimore at noon, and completing the journey at about 4:30. Those unfor- unate victims who were obliged to make this trip will always remember1 the incident as one of the most tire¬ some events in their lives.
The deaths of the eight sons occur¬ red in the following manner, the de¬ mise of the first taking place nearly twenty years ago: John was killed at Fostoria by a B. & O. train; James met his death by being struck by a fal¬ ling tree that he was felling in the woods near his home; Bert was killed by a C, H. & D. train at Deshler; Frank was shot by Marshal Kratz, of North Baltimore, while resisting ar¬ rest ; Lute was killed by a B. & O. train near North-Baltimore. The adopt¬ ed son was killed by the cars at Toledo, wither he had gone with some com¬ panions to have a time. The single exception to this remarkable series of violent deaths, was Joe Mike, who died of typhoid fever about eighteen months ago. None of the sons were employed by the railroad companies at the time of the death ; the manner of killing being pretty much on the line of the recent victim.
Of the four sons-in-law, two met vio¬ lent deaths. One was Hunter McMur- ray, who was killed a few years since! in a saloon row at Bairdstown by Wm. Hurst, the keeper of the place. The other was Jesse Baker, the heroic of-, fleer killed at North Baltimore while pursuing the burglars, Jones CurryJ aud Crawford. |
Aautli@r sensational incident attend-}
ed the death of one of the girls of the family. She died several years ago at the age of 16. Some time afterwards her body was found wrapped in a sack and stowed away in a barrel \n an abandoned warehouse at Bairdstown. The person to make this awful discov \ ery was a cousin of the dead girl. It \ was supposed that ghouls had desecra- - ted the grave and had hid the body In j the warehouse, but were prevented: from securing it later when wanted.
The father of the Archer family is still living. At present he is in feeble health. He is now at Ann Arbor tak ing treatment for his eyes, which are" nearly sightless. The mother died several years ago.
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