On last Wednesday, about 11 o'clock, an old gentleman, Wm. Slavens, who with his family recently moved to Earlham, while unloading coal from a car, was knocked off by the jar of an engine that was switching on the side track. In some way he was thrown under the train and killed almost instantly. The funeral was held at the Friends church on Friday afternoon, Rev. Haworth conducting the services. Mr. Slavens leaves a wife, six sons and several grandchildren, besides friends and neighbors to mourn his loss. The family have the sympathy of friends in this, their hour of trial and sorrow.

Winterset (Iowa) Madisonian, April 25, 1917

Wm. Slavens, age 69, formerly a resident of this county, was ground to death under a freight train at Earlham, Iowa, April 18. The widow and two sons, Ernest and Tide, survive. Willis Slavens, a brother, lives near North Salem.

Danville (Indiana) Gazette May 3, 1917.