appeared in Acton Free Press (Acton, ON), 16 Oct 1913, p. 3, column 4
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ELI STOUT KILLED AT ROCKWOOD
Was Walking on G.T.R. Bridge
Saturday Morning When
Train Struck Him
AN ESTEEMED OLD RESIDENT
A terrible fatal accident occurred on the Grand Trunk Railway bridge at Rockwood on Saturday morning when Eli Stout, one of the oldest residents of the village, was struck by the 10 o'clock train going east.
Mr. Stout, who had given up housekeeping after the death of Mrs. Stout, was boarding at the New Dominion Hotel. Hearing that one of the cows had gone astray, and being fond of walking, he started out to look for the animal. In his search he was crossing the high railway bridge and had nearly reached the end when the train caught him. He was hard of hearing and evidently did not notice the approaching train until close to him. It was the morning flyer but slowed down when he was seen, and was running very slowly when he was struck. The train took the remains on board and conveyed them back to the depot.
Coroner Dr. Angus MacKinnon visited the scene of the accident and empanelled a jury to hold an inquest on Monday evening. The verdict was "accidental death."
Mr. Stout was eighty-three years of age and an esteemed resident of Rockwood for 57 years. He was born in London, England, and came to Canada when 22 years of age, shortly after his marriage to Jane Wilkinson, who predeceased him five years ago. He was engaged in the stove and tinware business for thirty or forty years but retired ten years or more ago.
He was an active member of the Methodist Church in which he held official relationship for many years, being converted in a great revival in Guelph under Rev. Lewis Warner 1854. Of his large family of sons and daughters - Miss Eliza Stout and Mrs. Coram, of Alberta, survive.
The funeral on Tuesday afternoon was very largely attended. The service was conducted by Rev. T. R. Clarke, assisted at the home by Rev. Mr. Dodds, and at the grave by Rev. Mr. Evans, pastor of the Stone Church. The bearers were Messrs. C. H. Harris, A. J. Murray, Jno. Pasmore, Chas. Strange, F. Lunday and M. P. Barry, J.P.
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