Dr. Wilder Morris Bosworth 1905-1990

Chicago Police Hunt Biloxi Dentist

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Chicago Daily Tribune

May 05, 2937

Page 13

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CHICAGO POLICE HUNT MISSING BILOXI DENTIST

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Wife Delays Operation and Flies Home.

Chicago police were notified last night of the disappearance of Dr. Wilder M. Bosworth, 34 years old, a Biloxi, Miss., dentist who has been missing since Sunday night when he started for Chicago by automobile to be at the bedside of his wife, who was to have had an operation in the Presbyterian hospital.

When the dentist did not appear Mrs. Bosworth had the operation postponed and flew home to Biloxi to join her two small children and aid in the search.

Finds Husband Gone.

Upon her arrival there she learned her husband had gone to visit a friend, Dr. W. C. White, in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday and had left Dr. White’s home on Sunday and had left Dr. White’s home on Sunday evening for Chicago, saying he was going to drive all night.

Both the dentist and his wife are members of prominent Elgin families. Dr. Bosworth’s parents died a few years ago. Mrs. Bosworth is the daughter of Mrs. G. Mabel Hoagland, 225 Walnut avenue, Elgin, who said she had heard nothing from her son-in-law.

Shot in Roadhouse Gunfire.

Eight years ago Bosworth, before going into dentistry, had a narrow escape from death while entertaining a party of friends in a roadhouse on the Lincoln highway in North Aurora. He was shot and critically wounded by Emmett Lyons, moonshine crazed caddy master of the Aurora Country club.


Note:

From another newspaper clipping about this fiasco in my collection, I learned the Bosworths had moved to Biloxi from Florida a year earlier and Mrs. Bosworth was the president of a coast committee for the advancement of world peace. 

This story was picked up by the Associated Press and went nationwide. Some of the newspapers I’ve found it in are: Anniston Star of Alabama, Centralia Evening Sentinel of Illinois, Register Republic-Rockford of Illinois, Freeport Journal Standard, among others.

As reported in a 1941 Biloxi Daily Herald, a divorce suit was docketed for Wilder Morris Bosworth and Helen Hoagland Bosworth stating “Cruel and Inhuman Treatment Listed as cause for complaint”. I learned the date of their marriage from this newspaper clipping, I had searched for quite a while for that. My father Frank had listed their divorce date in his family history notes.

Biloxi Daily Herald September 4 1941 - The Divorce
Biloxi Daily Herald, September 4 1941

 


Dr. Wilder Morris Boswoth , D.D.S. and Helen Hoagland Bosworth were my grandparents.


Submitted by Tenderly Rose-Robin Melissa Bosworth Reininger

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Wealthy Elgin Youth Shot by Caddie Master – 1929

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Shot At Dance-Wilder M. Bosworth who was wounded by caddy master
Elgin Socialite, Wilder Morris Bosworth, son of Frank Hunt Bosworth and Bertha Amoret (Swan) Bosworth. Frank Hunt Bosworth, a coal and lumber dealer, was a past mayor of Elgin, Kane County, Illinois.

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Chicago Daily Tribune

April 28, 1929

Wealthy Elgin Youth Shot by Caddie Master

Wilder M. Bosworth, 26 years old, member of a wealthy Elgin family, was shot and critically wounded early this morning as he sat with a party of friends amid a crowd of dancers and diners in El Rora Inn, on the Lincoln highway, in North Aurora. Emmett Lyons, 24 years old, caddie master at the Aurora Country club, was seized as Bosworth’s assailant and locked up at Geneva.

Café Crowded with Dancers

Bosworth, with Miss Evelyn Kingsley, 24 years old of Elgin, and three couples, went to the Inn shortly before midnight. The party was seated at a table in the large room where an orchestra was playing and the dance floor was crowded. Witnesses said that Lyons, who appeared to have been drinking, was strolling among the tables chatting with other guests. Suddenly he approached the Elgin party’s table and addressed Bosworth.

“How would you like to get shot?” he is reported to have said.

Rushed to Aurora Hospital

Then without another word he drew a pistol and fired as Miss Kingsley ran screaming across the floor. The bullet struck Bosworth in the abdomen. Two deputy sheriffs, Clarence Sayre and Charles Anderson, who were in the place, dashed through the terrified crowd and seized Lyons. Bosworth was hurried to St. Joseph’s hospital in Aurora.

Bosworth is the son of the late F. H. Bosworth, coal and lumber merchant of Elgin. His uncles Henry I. and Alfred Bosworth, are retired Elgin bankers. It is believed Bosworth and Lyons were strangers.

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Seattle Daily Times

April 29, 1929

Seattle, Washington

Caddy Master Takes Eight Drinks and Shoots Stranger

“What Happened?” Asks Golf Club Employee When He Wakes Up in Jail; Victim Smiling When Hit by Bullet

By Associated Press

Aurora, Ill., Monday, April 29.

“Where do you want it?” asked Emmett Lyons, 25-year-old caddy master of the Aurora Country Club, pointing a revolver at Wilder M. Bosworth, 23; “in the stomach or in the head?”

Bosworth, one of a party of young men and women seated in the El Rora Inn smiled. He did not think this man he never before had seen would shoot. He was still smiling when the weapon sent a bullet into his abdomen.

Lyons awoke in jail yesterday wondering why he was there.

“I must have been pretty much under the weather to be brought here,” he said to the jailer. “What happened?”

The jailer told him that Bosworth, member of a prominent Elgin family, had been seriously wounded.

George Carbary, prosecuting Attorney of Kane County, said he would pay particular attention in the investigation to the liquor angle, but believed no liquor angle, but, believed no liquor had been sold at the inn. Lyons told arresting officers that he had eight drinks from a friend’s bottle shortly before the shooting. He carried a pistol, he said, because he sometimes acted as night watchman at the country club.

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Decatur Evening Herald

Monday, April 29, 1929

Decatur, Illinois

CADDIE MASTER HELD FOR SHOOTING STRANGER

AURORA—April 29—Emmett Lyons 25 caddie master awoke in jail here to be told that he had sot and probably fatally wounded another youth, a stranger to him.

The victim of the shooting Wilder M. Bosworth, 23 was reported near death with a bullet wound in his abdomen.

The shooting occurred at a dance hall. Witnesses told police that Lyons apparently intoxicated approached a table where Bosworth was seated with seven girl companions and demanded one of the girls to dance with him.

Thy ignored him and Lyons drew a gun and shot Bosworth.

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Sterling Daily Gazette

Friday, May 10, 1929

FORGIVING MOTHER MAY SAVE THE CADDY

AURORA, ILL—(A.P.)—A mother’s capacity to forgive may save Emmett Lyons, young caddy master, from prison.

Last April 27 Lyons shot and seriously wounded Wilder Bosworth at a dance. Bosworth was a stranger to him. Lyons was drunk for the first time in his life.

“It was the liquor, not the boy,” the mother of Bosworth told State’s Attorney George D. Carbury in asking him not to prosecute Lyons.

Bosworth is recovering from the wound.

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1929-05-01 Daily Register Gazette Caddie Master Held After Shooting Rich Youth 1
1929-05-01 Daily Register Gazette-Caddie Master Held After Shooting Rich Youth (Wilder M. Bosworth of Elgin, Illinois)

Elgin, Illinois, Bosworth-Hoagland Family Tree Written on Bible Page

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Bosworth-Hoagland Family Tree Written on Bible Page
My grandmother, Helen Hoaglan Shales Bosworth Mason Gave Me, Tenderly Rose, a Bible in the 1960s – This is a scrap from that Bible. It’s all I have left of the Bible. This was stuck in one of my baby books.

Frank Hunt Bosworth Wins Mayoral Race by Act of God

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Frank Hunt Bosworth Wins Mayoral Race by Act of God: April 19th was the day of the city election. The backers of mayoral candidate Frank H. Bosworth had voted early, but the west side supporters of his opponent, William H. Hintze, were planning to vote en masse in the late afternoon. Before they had assembled to cross the river to the one polling place, word spread that the dam and bridge were giving way. Crowds watched parts of buildings and cakes of ice six feet in thickness and many yards square whirl about in the river. The climax came when a barn sweeping along with the torrent struck the crumbling supports at the east end of the bridge, bending and twisting the iron. Two sections fell with a resounding crash, and in the excitement, voting came to a halt. The Hintze men long claimed the bridge collapse was responsible for his defeat.

http://www.elginhistory.com/eaah/eaah-ch04.htm

There was no date provided for the above newspaper article. My guess would be about 1881.

Elgin, Kane County, Illinois


 

Frank Hunt BOSWORTH (1870 – 1919)
was my great-grandfather
Dr. Wilder Morris BOSWORTH Sr., D.D.S. (1905 – 1990)
son of Frank Hunt BOSWORTH\
Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II (1933 – )
son of Dr. Wilder Morris BOSWORTH Sr., D.D.S.
Me, the daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II

 

Frank Bosworth’s Birthday Party – 6 Years old in 1939!

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Biloxi Daily Herald

June 20, 1939

FRANK BOSWORTH’S PARTY

Frank Hunt Bosworth II son of Dr. and Mrs. W. M. Bosworth of West Howard Avenue, celebrated his sixth birthday anniversary with a party Monday afternoon. Games were played in the house and on the lawn, with punch being served throughout the afternoon by Mrs. Bosworth, assisted by Mesdames Roy Roper, Thomas Atkinson and Olga Sewell. Ice cream and cake were served following the games, with all the little guests around the beautifully decorated table, where all sang Happy Birthday to Frank, he making a wish and blowing out all six candles at once and cutting the first slice of cake. Those enjoying this party were Frank and Tuffy Bosworth, Lucille Roper, J. J. McCarthy, Gwendolyn and Kenneth Sewell, Elizabeth and Tommy Atkinson, Rosalie and Roland Bersch, Mesdames C. A. Erskin, Roland Bersch, Thomas Atkinson, Roy Roper, Olga Sewell and Mrs. Bosworth.


Relationship: My biological father.

Wilder Bosworth Ill

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Biloxi Daily Herald

Sept. 09, 1958

WILDER BOSWORTH ILL

Wilder Morris Bosworth, 23, husband of the former Virginia Champlin, and son of Mrs. W. [sic-should be Millard] A. Mason of Biloxi and Dr. Wm [sic-should be Wilder] M. Bosworth, Columbus, Miss., is in critical condition at VA Hospital, New Orleans. He completed his service in the Navy three months ago and planned to attend Perkinston Junior College.

His brother, Frank, now stationed at Ft. Jackson, S. C., awaiting shipment to Fort Benning, GA., to attend Officers Candidate School Oct. 13 is home on emergency leave and members of Wilder’s family also are in New Orleans with him.


Wilder Morris “Tuffy” Bosworth Jr. (1935 – 1958)
My Uncle
Dr. Wilder Morris BOSWORTH Sr., D.D.S. (1905 – 1990)
father of Wilder Morris “Tuffy” Bosworth Jr.

 Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II (1933 – )
son of Dr. Wilder Morris BOSWORTH Sr., D.D.S.

Me –  the daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II

The Death of Wilder Morris Bosworth, Jr.

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The Death of Wilder Morris “Tuffy” Bosworth

Wilder Morris Bosworth, Jr.
Biloxi National Cemetery

 

The Daily Herald, Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi Coast

Saturday Afternoon – December 13, 1958

Deaths

WILDER BOSWORTH

Wilder Morris Bosworth Jr., 23, 207 Reynoir St., Biloxi, died Friday, 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin, Ill. He was a native of Chicago and resided in Biloxi most of his life. He was in the Navy from 1954-58, was a member of First Methodist Church, Biloxi, Biloxi Yacht Club and he and his family had been visiting in Elgin for the past week. His death followed a long illness.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Virginia Champlin Bosworth, mother, Mrs. Helen Mason, Biloxi; father, Dr. Wm. [sic-should be Wilder] Bosworth, Columbus, Miss., and two brothers Wm. Shales Bosworth [sic-correction last name was Shales, not Bosworth], Dixon, Calif., and Frank Hunt Bosworth OCS, Fort Benning Ga., and grandfather, Thad Hogland [sic-correction Fred Hoagland], Elgin, Ill.

The body will arrive in Biloxi at 2:50 a.m. Monday. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday from Bradford Funeral Home with services at First Methodist Church by the Rev. W. F. Whaley.

 


 

Biloxi Daily Herald

December 17, 1958

BOSWORTH RITES

The funeral of Wilder Bosworth Jr., who died Friday at Elgin, Ill., was held Tuesday afternoon from Bradford Funeral Home with services at the First Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. W. F. Whaley. Burial was in the Biloxi Cemetery. Pallbearer were Vallie Lepre, John Baltar, Keith Fountain, Franklin Middleton, Jack Perez and John Switzer.


 

Wilder Morris Bosworth, Jr. 2
Photo of Wilder Morris “Tuffy” Bosworth in my grandmother Helen Hoagland Shales Bosworth Mason’s locket. This locket is in my possession.

Wilder Morris Bosworth, Jr., was my paternal uncle. His family members called him “Tuffy”. This was a nickname I was frequently affectionately called by my mother, Janie. She told me I looked like him and reminded her of him. I was 2 ½ years old when Tuffy died. I have no memories of him. I first visited Tuffy’s grave in the Biloxi National Cemetery just a few years ago. He is buried in a beautiful spot under a sprawling live oak tree. I took photos of his grave. I was told Tuffy died from cancer that was located in his leg. I wept for the uncle I never got to know. By all accounts, Tuffy was a kind and loving person with an adventuresome nature.

Wilder Morris Tuffy Bosworth Jr
Wilder Morris “Boz” Bosworth – 1938 Biloxi High School Graduate – “Work fascinates me–in fact I can sit and watch it for hours.”