|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from
microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 5/25/1950 and 6/1/1950.
Two Killed by Hit-Run Driver
Two boys, David and Verlin Wilson, ages 14 and 11 were killed instantly
by a hit and run driver in a tragic accident on state route five Tuesday
The boys, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Newt Wilson, had been visiting a neighbor
and were returning to their home, located about five miles above Grantsville.
The accident occurred at approximately 10:45 and within 100 yards of the
Wilson home. It is thought to they were standing on the road on the
side next to the river. The bodies were found in the center of the
highway. They were brought to the Boling Clinic where they were pronounced
dead on arrival. Richard Butler of Cox's Mills, who arrived soon
after the accident and the boy's father brought them to the Clinic.
Trooper L. E. Haynes of the state police is conducting an investigation,
but so far no arrests have been made. Funeral services are incomplete.
Mr. Wilson is an employee of the Hope Natural Gas Company, working at Cabot
Arrests Made in Hit-Run Deaths
Three Gilmer County youths were arrested Saturday in connection with
the hit and run deaths of David and Verlin Wilson on state route 5 near
Henrietta last Tuesday.
Trooper L. E. Haynes of the Grantsville state police detachment conducted
an investigation and arrested Richard Butcher, 19, of Cox's Mills; Duane
Stoneking, 20, and William Moore, 19, both of Glenville. They were
held in the Calhoun County jail until Monday, and after a hearing before
Justice of the Peace Tell McDonald, were placed on bond until action of
the grand jury.
Trooper Haynes said Butcher was a driver of a 1935 Ford sedan involved
in the mishap and was arrested on a manslaughter charge. The other
two, he said, were passengers in the car and were held as accessories.
Funeral services for the two brothers were conducted Sunday from the
Bethel church with the Rev. J. M. Snider of Freed officiating. Interment
was in the Bethlehem Cemetery.
Surviving are their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar N. Wilson; one brother,
Allen N. Wilson and two sisters, Mrs. Aline Still of Petroleum and Mrs.
Irene Stallman of Macfarland.