Foster train death 9 Jan 1913
( re - the j to WEDyiiCK SUCCESSOR TtEETS KFAIEOiW Under ' practically tha eame eircum - stances that witnessed the tragic death of Nicholas Foster of thia city, at I Hammond a little more than one yearler ago, George Parker, watchman at tha eroaaing of 'the Eria and Monon tracka in Hammond waa struck and lnatantly killed yesterday by Erie faat freight train No. 77. Strange to say, Parker, tha victim of yesterday's accident, waa , the man who succeeded Foster after , tha latter had met hia death. The former Huntington man' waa killed on Deo. 17, 1911 r Victim Reported Insane Erie trainmen, returning yesterday from, tha aceno pf the accident, declare that Parker either became confused or did not notice tha approach of the Eria freight train, for he ran. deliberately in' to ita path. Ha waa ground to piecee. Hammond dispatches declare Parker, who waa 00 year old, was insane and that hia mental condition waa respon sible for hh tragio death. It waa said that Parker had ahot and kfflad hia housekeeper, . Mrs. Mary Polen, in 1910 and waa released because a jury had found him insane. . , GiVea Ufa In Beacuo "While guarding a grade eroaaing where a hundred trains and thousands of persons paaa daily," the dispatch con tinued, lie ran to warn paaseraby of tha approach of a train he supposed waa on the Monon tracka. No train waa there, but tha Eria freight cut hia body in shreds." Nicholas Foster, a resident of this city before he took the position aa watchman at Hammond, loat hia life in a of attempting to rescuer' two children. Tha tot atarted,.jicroM Iheraclt. aa vtraln.L : realised their peril and 1 riahed to their aid. u aueceeaed in pusning tu cnu dren from danger but tha act coat him hia life, for the train atrack him, caus ing instant death. . . ' '