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Atlanta Argus, March 23, 1906

Guy Tuttle Instantly Killed

Guy H. Tuttle was struck and instantly killed by a south bound train on the Chicago & Alton railroad last Saturday afternoon. The first news of the tragedy was brought to town by the crew of a work train, who saw a dead man lying beside the track north of the Montgomery crossing. A number of people soon gathered, who identified the body as that of Mr. Tuttle. The body was brought to town and taken to Church's undertaking rooms, where it was prepared for burial and afterward taken to the Tuttle home in the north part of town. Coroner Purinton was notified and came up on the evening train. After empanelling a jury an adjournment was taken until Wednesday. Just how the deplorable accident happened will probably never be known, as there were no eye witnesses. Saturday afternoon, after going to the polls and casting his vote at the republican primary, Mr. Tuttle went to his home, and then started to walk to the home of his children, two miles south of McLean, having notified them by telephone that he expected to do so. Although a man seventy-five years old, he was exceedingly active and often walked this distance. The most plausible theory is that when the south-bound limited came rushing down upon him he stepped to one side, but probably not far enough away but that he was drawn in by the suction and crushed against the train. The manner in which the body was found and its bruised condition would also bear out this theory. A bucket in which he was carrying some things to his grandchildren was found undisturbed beside the track. The terrible tragedy has cast a pall of gloom over this community, where Mr. Tuttle has lived for sixty-five years. The funeral was held Monday at 2 p.m. at the family home, and was largely attended in spite of the storm. Rev. J.H. Mueller, pastor of the Bloomington Unitarian church, preached the discourse, and he was assisted in the services by Rev. Ivan W. Agee, pastor of the Atlanta Christian church. The burial was at Roach's cemetery. The following sketch was read at the funeral: Guy H. Tuttle was born in Xenia, Ohio, February 5, 1831, being one month and a few days over seventy-five years old at the time of his death. He came with his father, James Tuttle, to Illinois in 1840 and at an early age engaged with his father and brother, Francis M. Tuttle, in farming, brick making and sawing hard wood lumber. At one time they operated two saw mills supplying the people with lumber long before the C&A railroad was built, or the city of Atlanta had an existence. In 1856 he was married to Martha Ann Roach, to which union were born four children, one dying in infancy. The three surviving children are, Mrs. Delia Hartley, W.O. Tuttle and Mrs. Hattie M. Atchison. In 1865 he moved from his Clear Creek home and located permanently on his farm near McLean, and for thirty-three years devoted his full attention to farming. In this pursuit he was attended with prosperity, the result of activity, industry, thrift and economy, creating in the meantime one of the model farms of central Illinois. His wife died in 1886 and in 1898 he was married to Mrs. Martha J. Harness of Atlanta, who survives to mourn his sudden and untimely death. Mr. Tuttle was very widely known in this part of the country, being an early settler and a man of wide business relations and of great promptness and integrity in all of his affairs, having a record throughout his long and active career of unimpeachable moral habits. He was an extensive reader, a logical thinker and an entertaining talker. He was familiar with the criticism and advance thought of the day in matters of science and religion, and entertained men's different thoughts and sentiments on the vital subjects of the day with great kindness, indulgence and a wide toleration. The deceased was the oldest of a family of six children, all of whom have passed away excepting the youngest, T.D. Tuttle, who mourns deeply this sudden bereavement of his lifelong companion.

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