A Caldwell County Boy meets Death Under Car Wheels at Dell Rapids South Dakota.
Last week the sad news was received her by his sister, Mrs Will Stegar, that Robert Easley had been killed at Dell Rapid,S.D. but nothing definite could be learned in time for last week's Leader.
Since that time however, we have come in possession of the facts. On the morning of September 5, about 1:30 o'clock while running over the top of the box cars and in stepping from a low car to a higher one, he made a short step and fell between the wheels of the train which resulted in his death. He was connected with the U.M. and St. P. Railway in the capacity of a brakeman. He was running out of Sioux City, Ia. and on reaching Dell Rapids, S.D., his train crew had to do some switching.
His body was taken charge of by Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen No. 247, of Sioux City, Iowa. He was a member of the Spokane, Washington Lodge No. 307. C.J. Keane and S.E. Rogers of Sioux City Lodge R.R. T No 217, accompanied his remains to Fredonia, Friday. His remains was interred at New Bethel Saturday.
Young Easley was a son of Mr and Mrs T.E. Easley, of near Fredonia and was twenty nine years old. He left home in 1894 for the West and entered the railway services. He carried insurance to the amount of $1,300 which was made payable to his mother.
Robert Easley was a clever young man and we understand was quite popular in western railway circles. He was well known in Princeton and had a large number of friends both here and at Fredonia, who regretted very much to learn of his untimely death.
The Leader extends its deepest sympathy for the bereaved parents in this, their sad loss.
Caldwell County - Aug 1904
Double Funeral Held In Lyon County
A double funeral was held at New Bethel Lyon county, when the body of Mrs. Harriet Brooks, aged ninety nine, and that of her son in law, Thomas Easley aged eighty four, who died at Sturgis, were buried. They were former residents of the Fredonia Valley section in that county. Their deaths occurred within a few hours of each other.
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