Date of Death: 1 Jul 1872
Subject: James Alexander
Source: Andrew County Republican, 5 Jul 1872, p. 3

On Monday last, Mr. James Alexander, a well known citizen and farmer of Jackson township, left his dwelling in apparently as good health as even, to go to a piece of woods near by to cut poles for a fence. At noon the dinner-horn was blown several times, and Mr. Alexander not making his appearance, the family went in search of him. Their consternation may be imagined when they found him dead, his head lying on a sappling [sic] which he had that morning cute down. We have since learned from Mr. Chambers, of Fillmore, that a Coroner's jury held an inquest over the remains on Monday evening, who rendered a verdict that the deceased came to his death by falling backward upon the stick of wood upon which his head was resting when found. The opinion was, that in attempting to evade a falling limb, he stepped back, tripping and falling as above, causing instant death.