Hartsburgh Truth Friday March 14, 1919
Andrew Neely, 78 found dead here. Aged resident supposed to have heart trouble. Andrew Neely, an aged resident of this section, was afound dead about 8'oclock Thursday morning in a boxcar in the Katy yards, where he had been making his home for awhile. Heart disease, from which the old gentleman had suffered some time, is supposed to have caused his death.
Robert Neely, a son of the dead man, whose wife died about six weeks ago, recently moved to Hartsburg, and on account of the shortages in town, occupied a couple of boarding cars in the railway yards that the company furnishes employees. The son had been away from the home a few days, leaving the olld man to care for things. When the section hands missed the old fellow, who, they knew, had not been well, they decided to investigate. They found the car doors locked and all quiet within. Looking in at the window, they saw Mr. Neely crumpled up on the floor near his bed. The track men notifieed C. B. Hayes, station agent, and with him went back to the car and forced open the door with a railroad bar. They found the old man had been dead for some time, probably since Tuesday night or Wednesday. Several skinned and bruised places were found on the body, caused possibly by falling. No signs of violence were found.
Local officials notified the county corner of the death, and that official had Judge L. L. Nichols, of Wilton, hold an inquest. The jury found that the man had died from natural causes.
Mr.Neely was a half brother of Mrs. J. A. Bailey, of northeast of town, and was the father of William,Charles and Robert Neely. He had lived in Boone county practically all his life, the greater part of the time in this section. He was a confederate veteran, and in earlier life was engaged in farming. He was 79 years old in November. Burial was in Goshen Cemetery today. Mr. Neely was a quiet industrious old gentleman and had many good friends in this section. There is genuine sorrow over his tragic death.