Jesse Walling, of Polk county, was last Tuesday killed under the following distressing circumstances, as detailed by the Statesman:
It appears that we out on the roads, as Supervisor, working a party of men. About three o’clock yesterday afternoon, his saddle horse, a young animal, got loose and started to run along the road. Mr. Walling rain in front to stop him, but the animal dashed straight on, striking him in the face and throwing him back against a log with great force. The back of his struck a knot which penetrated the skull and he never spoke again. He was picked up, breathing, but insensible, and carried home while a physician was hastily summoned, but before Dr. Grubbs, who had been called, reached the place the old gentleman was dead. He was an old settler of Oregon, an enterprising citizen, good neighbor, kind friend, and leaves a large family to mourn his sudden loss. They have the sympathizes of a host of friends, for all remember “Uncle Jesse” as a man of kind words and noble deed. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and no doubt the funeral will be under the auspices of the order.
Source: Albany State Rights Democrat, May 13, 1870.