The lifeless body of Ralph J. Foley, 50, was found Saturday morning 100 feet west of the Main Street C.B. and Q. railroad crossing at Walnut. He apparently had been hit by one of two freight trains which go through Walnut in the early morning hours. Carl Nelson discovered the body about 5:30 while he was going to work. The victim was struck on the head and he was identified by papers in his billfold.

Coroner A. A Meyers of Seatonville conducted an inquest at the Walnut Leader office when the only witness, Mr. Nelson, testified as to finding the body. He said that he called Walter Franks, section foreman, and then went on to his employment. The verdict was that Mr. Foley died from a skull fracture when hit by a train.

Mr. Foley was employed as driver of the Walnut Consolidated school bus. He was born in Hamilton Township, north of Walnut, Dec. 26, 1894, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Foley.

Surviving are his mother; five brothers, William, Thomas, Leo, Raymond and Edward, all of Walnut; two sisters, Miss May Foley at home, and Mrs. Frank (Elizabeth) Naughtin of Ohio, Ill., and three nephews. His father passed away in 1916.

Funeral arrangements are being made at the Ross Funeral Home.

Members of the jury were: Gordon Meisenheimer, foreman, Glenn Fritz, Casey Greenwood, John Monson, Arthur Peterson and J. P. Stephens.

(The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, July 28, 1945, pg. 5, submitted by Melva L. Taylor)




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