February 24, 1922 Petersburg Observer

Stricken Down by Automobile
"Uncle Barney" Adams Fatally Injured When Struck by Car Saturday
Was Petersburg's Oldest Man
Funeral Services Held at Cumberland Presbyterian Church Tuesday Afternoon

"Uncle" Barney Adams, Petersburg's oldest man, died Saturday afternoon after being run down by a motor car. The old gentleman, who was almost ninety one years of age, came down town as was his daily custom, and started across the street at the Schirding Bank corner, going from that corner to the Luthringer Store. Instead of going directly across the street, west and then turning south he "cut the corner" and was caught in the middle of the street by a car, driven by Leo Hill of Tallula, who was going south on Main Street.

The boy driving the car was going slowly, and attempted to miss the old gentleman, who failed to see or hear him but until it was very close to him. Then, apparently becoming confused Mr. Adams stepped directly in front of the car, when a step in the other direction would undoubtedly have taken him to safety. The driver stopped as quickly as possible, and barely struck Mr. Adams, but the blow was hard enough to knock him down, and his head struck a man-hole cover, cutting a gash in his scalp and fracturing his skull. He was at once taken to his home and a doctor was summoned, but he lived only a short time, passing away about 4:30.

As soon as the old gentleman was knocked to the street a crowd gathered and Sheriff Granstaff took charge of the car, which he drove away. He took young Hill to his office and questioned him, but found that the accident happened through no fault of the boy's. young Hill had purchased the car, a Ford touring car, from the Herschbach Motor Company only a few days before.

Saturday evening, following Mr. Adam's death, Coroner Wilkins was called and an inquest held, at the residence. W.E. Traylor was foreman of the Coroner's Jury, and other members of the jury were Monroe Hudspeth, Emil Mannin, Blain Phillips, Ralph Bergmann and Fred Schmidt. They heard the evidence of N.P. Nelson, Owen Hamilton, Dr. H.P. Moulton, Dr. T.M. Scott, Fred A. Claussen,. Harry Granstaff and James Pittman were the first two witnesses, Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Nelson, were eye witnesses, and their testimony showed that young Hill was not to blame for the accident. The physicians who attended Mr. Adam's then testified as to the nature of his injuries.

The jury returned a verdict finding that Barney H. Adams "came to his death by being struck by a car driven by Mr. Leo Hill of Tallula, Ill, in Petersburg, Ill. in the street, between the Luthringer Drug Store and the corner lamp post, on Saturday, February 18, 1922." They also stated in their verdict that they wished to exonerate Leo Hill from any blame.

Barney H. Adams was born in 1832, in Fleming county, Kentucky. He departed this life Feb. 18, 1922 in Petersburg, Menard county, Illinois, aged ninety years and eleven months.

Leaving Kentucky when only nineteen years of age, he came to Illinois where he settled in Menard county, making this county his home for the remainder of a long and useful life. He owned a farm east of the city for many years, and a number of years ago sold it and removed to Petersburg where he engaged in the business of buying poultry. Only a few years ago he discontinued his business because of the infirmities of old age.

In 1853 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Nancy, who preceded him in death. To this union were born seven children, only one of whom survives. He is John Adams, who has made his home with his father.

Mrs. Adams was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, having confessed his faith and joined this church when about thirty five years old. He remained faithful to its teachings throughout his life. He served as an Elder for about fifty years. "Uncle" Barney will be missed by all those who knew him. He was known all over the county, and had an enviable reputation as a man of honesty and integrity.

He is survived by one son, John Adams of this city, thirteen grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren and thirteen great great grandchildren, besides many friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, February 21 in the Cumberland Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. A.C. DeForest and Rev. J.M. Shelton. Interment was in Rose Hill cemetery.

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