DeKalb County Indiana Obituary


Samuel Beidler
Contributed by Judy Richter


The Waterloo Press

Thursday, August 8, 1878

Fatal Accidents  

Two Men Killed By the Cars   

            Sunday 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 father’s residence in the south-west part of town.  The body was horribly mangled, but, as he was asleep when the engine struck him, he died, no doubt, unconscious of any pain. During the day previous he was at Auburn, and probably had been drinking some, though at 9 o’clock in the evening he was 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 latter hour, apparently on his way homeward.  He probably went out Maple street to the depot, and then wandered down the track to the place where the accident occurred, when, tired or overcome by stupor, he sat down upon the track, and 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 the 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:

            We, the undersigned Jurors, impaneled and sworn on the fourth day of August, in the year 1878 at the township of Union, in the county of DeKalb and State of Indiana, by John Butt, a Justice of the Peace in and for said township and county, (acting coroner for the time being,) to inquire and true presentment make in what manner and by whom Samuel Beidler, who body was found at or near the freight house of the Fort Wayne, Jackson and Saginaw Railroad at Waterloo, said township, county and State, on the fourth day of August, 1878 came to his death—after having heard the evidence and examined the body; we do find that the deceased came to his death by mortal wounds and bruises received while intoxicated from or by being run over by Engine No. 6 and Train No. 5, running on the Fort Wayne Jackson & Saginaw Railroad.

                Given under our hands at the time and place of said inquisition above mentioned.

   [Signed.] G. T Abbey, 

P. Morrell, John Shull, Jurors, E. Y. Williamson, H. E Braun            

The funeral services were held at 4 o’clock Sunday evening, at the U. B. Church, and were attended by an immense concourse of people, testifying to their sympathy for the afflicted relatives, who are respected people of the town and vicinity.

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