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
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.