Nick Foster Obit 16 Dec 1911
NICHOLAS FOSTER DIES TO SI CHILD Falls Beneath Wheels of Erie Train at Hammond in Aiding Child. WAS CROSSING WATCHMAN Pioneer of Huntington Gives Life in Work; Thursday Thursday Evening. Nicholas Foster,' for years a resident of Huntington gave his life to save a young girl when he tell beneath the wheels of an Erie train at Hammond Thursday evening. Word of his death reached a son Erie Brake - man Herman Foster 'and other relatives relatives relatives - Thursday night and Mr. Foster Foster left on train No. 7 for Hammond. Erie train running as second No. 229, carrying soldiers from the Columbus, Ohio, barracks, to the Pacific coast, hit the unfortunate man, all the coaches passing over his body. . Mr. Foster live in Huntington until until two years ago, when he was assigned assigned to a position as' flagman at an Erie crossing in Hammond. He was at one time a resident of Peru, but a greater part of his life was spent, in this city. While employed as a carpenter in the Erie car shops, he sustained in injury to his arm which resulted in blood poisoning and subsequent subsequent amputation. Later he was sent to Hammond and his death occurred occurred while in performance of his duties as watchman there. GET8 MESSAGE AT TRAIN. Herman Foster had been called to go out on a freight train and when he reached the yards found the mes - sage awaiting him. Other relatives are a daughter, Mrs. Samuel Fetters, who had been living with her father at Hammond and Mrs. George Kind - ler, Mrs. Peter Foster and Mrs. John Klndler of this city, sisters. Retarding the heroism of Mr. Foster in saving the chllds life The Lake County Times of Hammond says: "Another railroad crossing fatality occurred yesterday afternoon when Nicholas Foster, 361 Thornton avenue watchman at the Calumet and Conkey avenue crossing was instantly killed by a special westbound train, after he had saved the lives of a number - of Hammond school children. ' "The 'accident happened about 3:30 yesterday afternoon at the time when the first and second", grades of the Wallace school on Conkey avenue are being dismissed for the day. ' FOSTER 8AW CHILDREN. - roster noucea tne rapidly approaching approaching train and warned the child' ren to that effect Three children ran ahead and started to - , cross th track in front of the approaching train. Foster saw that it meant instant instant ' death for the three children and In his act of heroism be saved the third child's life by, pushing bim from the tracks. This cost his own life. . '' ' "Foster pushed the first two children children out of danger and just as he flung the. other to one side the engine struck him, causing instant death. The engine threw, him" twenty feet, fracturing his skull and breaking both of his legs. Foster had said that he always would give his life, if necessary, necessary, in pursuance of his duty, and he was very iond of children. - WAS KILLED IN8TANTLY. "When he was picked up life was extinct The police were notified and Neidow's ambulance was sent to get the body, from where It was removed to Neidow's morgue. "Witnesses said the accident was one of the most horrible they had ever seen. They turned their heads, expecting to see the' children and Foster killed, and had It not been for his noble deed and alertness the four would have met instant death. Mr. Slegler, employed as a lineman, witnessed witnessed the accident" The body was brought to this city Saturday, morning on Erie train No. 8 and was taken to the home of a son Herman Foster, 517 Front street. Mrs - Samuel Fetters of Hammond, a daughter, accompanied the body Other children, George Foster and Mrs. Fred . Packer of Logansport, were called and arrived in thiB city Saturday morning. - Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2:30 at the Foster residence on Front street the Rev. Elmer Ward Cole officiating. Interment will be in the People's cemetery. HANDICAPPED. This is the Case With Many Huntington Huntington People .