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DeKalb County Indiana Obituary

Mr. Griffith
Contributed by Judy Richter

The Waterloo Press

Thursday, August 8, 1878

Article begins with Samuel Beidler

            On Friday night, the youngest son of ex-Commissioner Griffith, of Richland, aged about 19 years, was killed by a train on the Lake Shore road, at Corunna station.  Accounts of the accident are so conflicting that it is impossible to get at the exact facts.  In company with other boys, he had been in the habit of jumping on freight trains and riding to Kendallville, for a spree, and returning when opportunity offered.  On the night in question, the boys were either returning on foot, or had been put off of some train, and had sat down on the track, finally going to sleep, their bodies all being stretched out clear of the track except Griffith’s.  The inevitable train came along during the night, and he was instantly killed.            

The bare recital of the above fact is a stronger lecture on temperance than could be made by the most eloquent tongue in the country.  It should be heeded by all, but more especially by the young men who frequent our villages, and who mistakenly think it indicated manliness in them to let whisky steal away their brains.


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