Wilson Daily Times, 11 June 1926.
After the car she was in collided with a train in Dunn, North Carolina, Bessie Manning of Wilson was rushed to the Atlantic Coast Line hospital in Rocky Mount, but died of her injuries. Tom Mingo died at the scene, and Viola Bullock at the A.C.L. hospital. Both were also Wilson residents.
Manning’s death certificate, filed in Nash County, does not reflect her residency in Wilson. However, her son Paul Kirk filed for letters of administration for her estate in Wilson County, estimating its value at $2500.
Dr. A.F. Williams likely hesitated briefly before setting the nib of his fountain pen to paper. Full name of deceased? “Sam Bright (Party gave this name which may or may not be correct.)”
“This man was brought to Wilson by the Norfolk Southern train, having been found on the track. No one appears to know anything of him — either name or residence.”
Wilson Advance, 18 June 1891.
In an era of bad roads, railroad lines were often the easiest path to follow between Wilson County towns. Walking the tracks was dangerous, though, and fatal accidents common.
Wilson Mirror, 29 June 1892.
Dunn is in Harnett County, North Carolina, about 50 miles southwest of Wilson.