Killed By the
morning at about 3 o’clock, the north bound freight train, on the Ft. W.,
J. & S. R. R., ran over and killed Samuel Beidler, near his
residence in the south-west part of town.
The body was horribly mangled, but, as he was asleep when the
struck him, he died, no doubt, unconscious of any pain. During the day
he was at Auburn,
and probably had been drinking some, though at 9 o’clock in the evening
upon the streets, apparently as sober as any man in town.
Between that time and midnight he must have
drank heavily, as he was seen very much intoxicated, a little after the
hour, apparently on his way homeward. He
probably went out Maple
to the depot, and then wandered down the track to the place where the
occurred, when, tired or overcome by stupor, he sat down upon the
soon fell over asleep. In coming up the
sharp grad south of town in the dark, it was impossible for the
engineer to see
an object but a few rods ahead of him, rendering it impossible to stop
train or awake the sleeper. As soon as
the train could be stopped, the body was removed to the Saginaw depot,
where it was shortly afterwards
recognized. In the absence of the
coroner, Justice Butt summoned a jury and held an inquest.
Below is the verdict found:
undersigned Jurors, impaneled and sworn
on the fourth day of August, in the year 1878 at the township of Union,
county of DeKalb and State of Indiana, by John Butt, a Justice of the
and for said township and county, (acting coroner for the time being,)
inquire and true presentment make in what manner and by whom Samuel
who body was found at or near the freight house of the Fort Wayne,
Saginaw Railroad at Waterloo, said township, county and State, on the
day of August,
1878 came to his death—after having heard the evidence and examined the
we do find that the deceased came to his death by mortal wounds and
received while intoxicated from or by being run over by Engine No. 6
No. 5, running on the Fort Wayne Jackson & Saginaw Railroad.
under our hands at the time and place of said inquisition above
Shull, Jurors, E.
Y. Williamson, H.
services were held at 4 o’clock Sunday evening, at the U. B. Church,
attended by an immense concourse of people, testifying to their
the afflicted relatives, who are respected people of the town and
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