Death of Robert Keisling, 1915:
Crushed Under Team. Robert Keisling Meets Death at Peaks Monday Morning. A fatal accident occurred near Peaks Monday morning at 10:30 o’clock resulting in the deah of Robert M. Keisling, aged 28 years, 5 months and 18 days.
Keisling and Homer Lucas were hauling acid wood from Chestnut Ridge for A. E. Jennings at Peaks. While coming down the ridge with the second load driving a four mule team, Robert lost his balance and pitched forward on the lead mule. As he fell he called “Whoa” to the team. The front mules stopped, but the rear pair became scared and caused the front pair to run away. Lucas, who was at the brake, jumped off, and looking back saw Robert lying on the ground. He called to him and received no reply. He reported the matter to Mr. Jennings and an investigation showed Keisling was dead. Drs. Hall and Woods of Clinton examined the body and said the neck was broken.
The body was taken to the Jennings home and prepared for burial. The funeral services were conducted at Zion church Tuesday.
Deceased leaves a wife, mother, brother and sister and a host of friends to mourn his death. He was a noble young man and took great interest in Sunday school and church and was loved by all who knew him.
“We shall stand with the blest in the land of sweet rest, And every loved friend be restored to our breast; And we’ll part never more on that fair happy shore, Where the troubles of life will forever be o’er.” A Friend.
Anderson County News, March 20, 1915
[Transcribed by Stephanie A. Hill with no corrections to spelling or punctuation from a photocopy of the microfilm at the Clinton Public Library.]