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Francisco-Burgdorf - ' Wednesday morning this community was greatly...
' Wednesday morning this community was greatly shocked to learn, through a a telegram received by Mrs* Burgdorf, mother of Mrs. Wm. J. Francisco, that Mr. F. was accldently killed the evening evening before near his home in Chicago Lawn, a suburb of Chicago, 111. No particulars were known until the arrival of the Chicago morning papers, all of which had some mention of the sad occurence. The following from the News is the most extensive: W. J. Prandsoo, of Ceresco, Mich., was instantly instantly killed, and E. H, Benedict, of Harvey, was fatally injured on the Grand Trunk railroad tracks at Chicago Lawn last evening. The two men Were' Standing on the tracks, talking, when freight train Ho. 50 on the Grand Trunk catne from the west. Francisco and Benedick Benedick stepped off the track to allow the eastbound eastbound train to pass and .were struck by & wreck- Ing train going west. Francisco's head was com- K 'etely severed from the body, which waa shock- gly mutilated. Benedict received a fractured skull and a broken arm. "The wrecking train was stopped as quickly as possible, and when it was found that Benedict waa stul alive the engine engine waa uncoupled from the train and the Injured Injured man carried to the dty. He was taken to BL Luke's hospital, where the physicians believe he will hie. He has a wife and two cnildren at Harvey. Francisco was 88 years old and leaves p wife and child. 8. D. Glover, who was talking with the two men at the time of the accident, escaped by standing between the two trains as they passed. Mrs. Francisco and baby boy arrived Thursday evening with the remains, which were taken to the home of Deputy Sheriff Pascal Hughes, Mrs. H, being a sister of the deceased. The funeral was held this afternoon In the M. E. church, Revs. J. W. Rawlmson and W.W. Curry officiating, and burial was made In Oakridge. Oakridge. * „ . , It is learned that after supper Tuesday evening Mr. Francisco' left his residence near the railroad to go over the tracks to get s6me supples for the next day; that he walked with the two men Benedict and Glover; that when part way oyer they bad to wait for a freight train to pans, and stood talking; that a second train backed down upon them with the fatal results stated; that there were no lights at the crossing, and that the railroad railroad gates were not operated so as to warn them of the danger, It Js also reported reported that the man Glover, although not injured cannot be found, and that the coroner's Inqueatibas been adjourned one week hoping to secure his evidence. Mr. Francisco was born and reared in Newton, in this county; was for so me time a popular teacher in the schools of that town and Fredonia; was turnkey at the jail, under Sheriff Prentice, for about one year; and since in the cigar manufacturing business at Athens and Lansing, which latter place he left about six weeks ago and went to Chicago. He waa a bright and accomplished accomplished gentleman, and made friends easily, so it is not strange there are many to mourn his untimely death. Sept. 3d, 1890, Mr. Francisco married Miss Mine M. Burgdorf, of this city, who with their little son are bereft of husband and father, and have the sympathy of everybody. everybody.

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  1. The Marshall Statesman,
  2. 13 May 1892, Fri,
  3. Page 13

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