Also from the 1902 Universalist General Convention Board of Trustees report. A bad year for Ryder, I think.
Rev. Willis W. Slaughter, of Bowie, Tex., was accidentally killed, September 19, 1901, nearly 29 years of age.
Mr. Slaughter was a young man of amiable character and good promise. He was a graduate of the Ryder Divinity School, and ordained in 1895. He held a pastorate in Wisconsin for a short time, and was also settled in Brookston, Ind. He was much esteemed, and many were saddened by his early death.