Obit: Henkel, Clarence (1900? - 1916)

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Surnames: HENKEL

----Source: DORCHESTER HERALD (Dorchester, Clark County, Wis.) 02/25/1916

Henkel, Clarence (1900? - FEB 1916)

(Marshfield Times)

Clarence, the fifteen-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Henkel of Colby, while attempting to board a northbound freight train for his home at eleven o'clock Friday evening, was fatally injured by being run over by the train. The scene of the accident was near the Soo line water tank where everything at this time of the year is covered with ice. No one knows definitely how the accident happened, but it is supposed that he lost his footing on the ice and fell coming in contact with the brakebeam or some other obstacle which threw him under the wheels of the caboose.

A brakeman who had just gone in the caboose felt a slight jar, which was caused by the train passing over the boy's body, and he set the air brakes tight, bringing the train to a stop. He then jumped of and discovered the injured boy lying across the track.

The body of the deceased was badly mangled, but his legs were not severed from his body as rumored about the city shortly after the accident happened. He suffered other injuries to his arms and face that made hope for his recovery impossible from the outset.

The boy's parents arrived Saturday morning from Colby to take charge of the remains and to make funeral preparations. The body was taken to Colby Saturday where the funeral services were held Tuesday.

 

 


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