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DeKalb County Indiana Obituary

Cyrus C. Boyer
Contributed by Roselyn Wells
(3 newspaper accounts)

The Waterloo Press; March 2, 1899, Thursday

     Cyrus C. Boyer was born in Franklin Township, Dekalb Co., Ind., July 2, 1848.  Died in Butler, Ind., Feb. 25, 1899, aged 50 years, 7 months and 23 days.
     He was the third child of Joseph and Sarah Boyer, who were pioneers of DeKalb county.  They have passed to the other life.  There was a family of eight children, Edward, Oliver, Mrs. Alma Boyles and Mrs. Letta Thompson survive him.  Cyrus received such an education as was to be had in the schools of Auburn, Angola, and Waterloo, and was a well informed man.  He was engaged in the drug business in Waterloo for several years and was served by J. D. Campbell as clerk.  His whole life, however, with little exception, was spent in agricultural pursuits.  He was married to Mary E. Walsworth, June 9, 1881.  Two children were born to them, Carey W. and Nellie W., who reside with their mother in Auburn.  His nervous system suffered by some strain along his life's journey, somehow, and for many of his later years he has been the victim of that dreadful calamity, deafness.  Robbed of the use of one of the most exquisite senses of human life, it is easy to account for anything erratic which might appear.  Indeed, it is thought that had he not been thus afflicted, the horrible accident from which he died would have been avoided.  His bruised and broken body was taken to the home of his sister, Letta Thompson, in Butler, who with her sister, Mrs. Boyle, rendered every care that sisters could minister, until the close of life which had been filled unusually full of the unexpected.  Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Butler and Moorman in the U. B. church at Waterloo and many sympathizing citizens followed the body to the grave in that cemetery.

The Waterloo Press: Thursday; March 2, 1899

     Mr. C. C. Boyer, who met with the accident on the Lake Shore, as recorded in this paper, died from his injuries at the home of his sister, in Butler, at 9 o'clock, p.m., Friday.  He was conscious only a few hours after his injury, during which he conversed with friends who called.  He informed Mr. J. D. Campbell, of this place, that he was standing with his back toward the approaching train, watching the train on the other track pass by him, and being deaf he was not aware of his danger.  The pilot picked him up, throwing him with some force against the engine, and in the rebound he was carried about twenty feet.  No doubt the internal injuries from this shock caused his death rather than his broken limbs.  Mr. B. has been singularly unfortunate in many ways, and those best acquainted learned to know of his good qualities, and in a measure to excuse his shortcomings, owing to his infirmities.

The Waterloo Press; Thursday; Feb. 23, 1899

     Cy C. Boyer, of this place, met with an accident just this side of Butler, on Tuesday morning at about six o'clock.  He was walking on the Lake Shore track, going west, when the second section of freight No. 62, eastbound, met him near the crossing hard by the Bachtel far, about three miles this side of Butler.  Mr. Haskins, who was driving over from Butler to this place, saw the accident and helped to care for him, and he says a freight train was coming west on the south track and Mr. Boyer was walking west on the north track at about 7:30 a.m.  It was quite foggy, and Mr. Boyer, being very deaf, failed to discover the train coming toward him, and the pilot of the engine struck him, breaking both legs below the knees and throwing him about twenty feet.  he was severely bruised on the head, but the broken limbs are the most serious.  The train came to a stop and he was placed on cushions at the end of the caboose and taken to Butler, where his brother-in-law took charge of him.  Mr. Boyer has been quite unfortunate in many ways and his deafness has been the cause of much of his trouble.  This accident is of a very serious character and the shock will no doubt endanger his life.  In fact, it is very doubtful if he survives long, especially should amputation be necessary.  There were many expressions of sympathy heard here at his home when the news was received of his misfortune.

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