Services held for grid star killed in auto accident [William Woods]
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 5 Aug 1927, p. 6

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Funeral services for William Woods, Northwestern football star and a beach guard at the Wilmette beach, who passed away Sunday evening as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident Wednesday, July 27, were held from the Wilmette Methodist Episcopal church Tuesday. Many of his friends were in attendance at the services, which were presided over by Dr. Horace G. Smith, and floral offerings were banked high about the pulpit in mute tribute and expression of esteem. Following the brief but impressive services, the remains were taken to Mendota, Illinois, for burial.

Woods in company with two other Wilmette beach guards had gone for a short ride following the close of the beach on Wednesday evening. At the intersection of Wilmette Avenue and Glenview road the car struck the gravel, skidded into the ditch and partially overturned. As the machine tilted, Thomas Archer Kennedy, Jr., of Evanston, and Nelson Whitman, 930 Greenwood avenue, Wilmette, were thrown clear up the car. Woods, however, was merely dropped from the car and before he could roll clear of it, the machine settled across his chest. Considerable time elapsed before assistance could be procured to enable the boys to free him. Finally, however, eight people from passing cars and nearby houses managed to raise it and drag him clear.

Woods was taken to the Evanston hospital where X-Ray pictures were taken in order to ascertain the extent of his injuries. As his condition was critical, considerable difficulty was encountered in treating him. Attending physician stated that he had sustained a broken neck, two broken ribs and a smashed vertebrae. Woods remained unconscious for some time following the accident. Shortly before his death, however, he regained consciousness and seem to be out of immediate danger. In fact his condition seemed so improved that his father and mother, who had been summoned following the catastrophe, considered the crisis as past and his father had returned to their home in Mendota. A few minutes previous to his passing he had talked with relatives but succumbed as they were leaving the room.

At Northwestern, Woods was in the sophomore class and a member of the Pi Phi Delta Theta fraternity. His work at the beach was being utilized as a means of getting into trim for the coming football season.

Kennedy sustained a fractured shoulder blade and severe bruises in the accident and is now convalescing at his home. Whitman escaped injury.

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5 Aug 1927
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    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Services held for grid star killed in auto accident [William Woods]