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A. O. Hicks Has Narrow Escape in Runaway

A. O. Hicks, received very severe head injuries, and had one ear torn off, in a fracas with a team of horses at his farm south of town last Saturday afternoon.

Mr. Hicks was attempting to hitch the team to a manure spreader, and they were quite frisky, as he had not hitched them up before this spring. The horses lunged and it is presumed that he tried to hold them, and was carried a couple of hundred feet, before he was thrown to the ground.

Just how he received the injuries, is not known, as the dust was so thick that, what happened could not be seen by Mrs. Hicks, who was a witness to the accident.

It was necessary for Mrs. Hicks to go to the Fred Rowland farm, about a mile and a half away to get aid to bring him to the local hospital for medical aid.

He has been getting along quite well since although he is still very serious due to the head injuries and numerous bruises over his body.

The Farnam Echo 34(28):1 Thursday, 17 March 1938


A. O. Hicks died at 11:30 Tuesday forenoon at the local hospital from injuries received in a runaway accident at his farm, south of town, on March 12th. He had his neck injured and it was necessary to perform an operation to relieve the paralysis caused by blood clots on the spine last week.

Mr. Hicks seemed to be improving following the operation, for a short time, but a turn for the worse came a few days ago and he passed away Tuesday forenoon.

Funeral arrangements had not been made at the time The Echo was printed.

The Farnam Echo 34(30):1, Thursday, 31 March 1938


Arthur O. Hicks, oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Hicks, was born at Stratford, Iowa, September 18, 1881.

When two years of age he came with his parents to the homestead in Frontier County, nine miles southwest of Farnam. When he was nine years old the family moved to Peru, Nebraska, where he attended school. Ten years later he returned to the homestead. He taught school in District 85, the home school, one year and then took up the duties of farming.

In 1905 he was united in marriage to Jennie Fitch of Farnam. To this union were born three daughters; Esther Boyd of Curtis, Dorothy Kjar of Moorefield, and Ruth Wintermute of Pine Tree, Wyoming.

With the exception of 8 years spent in Farnam and two years in Kearney, Nebraska, the family has resided on the farm southwest of Farnam.

Mr. Hicks was baptized in the Episcopal church at an early age and he attended services in this church when possible. He was a member of the Stockville Level Lodge 196, A. F. A. M. He was also a member of the Gothenburg Lodge of Perfection and of the Scottish Rite at Hastings, Nebraska. He passed from this life March 29, 1938, at the age of 56 years, 6 months, and 11 days.

He is survived by his wife and three daughter; a brother, Joe of Farnam; two sisters, Mrs. Loren Fitch of Farnam, and Mrs. Albert Boley of Bellevue, Washington; two grandsons; other relatives and many friends.

Mr. Hicks was very well and favorably known. He was a very thoughtful husband and father and a true friend. He was always considerate of people. His pleasant greeting has encouraged many and it will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

The funeral was held in Farnam Thursday afternoon, March 31. The body was laid to rest in the Farnam cemetery, the Masons in charge.


We are very much indebted [sic] to the many who were so thoughtful in so many ways when this thoughtfulness meant so much to us. For every act and word of comfort, we are truly thankful. Each of you has been a blessing to us.

   Mrs. A. O. Hicks, daughters and families
   Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hicks and family
   Mr. and Mrs. Loren Fitch and family
   Mr. and Mrs. Albert Boley and family

The Farnam Echo 34(31), Thursday, 7 April 1938

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