Brakeman Fatally Injured
Plattsmouth Journal, Date Unknown
Brakeman James Love, who has been working on conductor Geo. Griswold's train, the freight that runs out of here to Lincoln, came near meeting instant death Saturday evening at Wabash, and the injuries he received resulted in his death Wednesday night at the hospital in Kansas City.
Love and hallie Delaney, brakemen, were on a car as the train pulled into the station, Love being at tip of the side ladder giving signals. As the car passed the depot Love was hit on the head by the projecting iron rod that holds the depot signal board.
The train men who saw the accident hurried to the injured man and found him unconscious, and he was put on the train andtaken to weeping Water where Dr. Hungate attended him, finding the skull fractured back of the right ear.
Love was brought here on the midnight passenger train, accompanied by his wife who arrived from Lincoln, and he was transferred here to the main line train and taken to the company hospital in Kansas City, where his death occurred Wednesday night.
The unfortunate man's home was in Lincoln, and he had been on Griswold's train about three weeks, laying over here between trips. He had formed many acquaintances in this village, and was regarded as a gentleman of excellent character, a pleasant companion and faithful employe of the railroad company.
Plattsmouth Journal, Monday, December 17, 1917
87 YEARS OLD, YET HALE AND HEARTY IS THIS GOOD LADY MRS. MARIA GAPEN CELEBRATES HER 87TH BIRTHDAY WITH MANY MEMBERS OF HER FAMILY.
From Friday's Daily.
Yesterday were gathered a large number of the family of Mrs. Maria Gapen, at the home where she has lived for much more than a half century, to celebrate the passing of another milestone, in the journey of life by this good lady.
Miss Maria Eikenberry was born December 13th, 1830, in Union County, Ind., just a few miles from the Ohio state line, and when about six years of age removed to near Burlington, Iowa, where she lived until 1856 when she with her family removed to Plattsmouth and settled near this city. The following year she was united in marriage with Joshua Gapen, it being Jan. 8, 1857. They settled on the home where she lives at this time and during her life in Nebraska has maintained this as her home.
Here the large family which now number with their children and childrens' children a large number were raised. The children of this good woman are Samuel Gapen now living at Manderson, Wyo. The eldest son and who is farming there, Mrs. Martha Wiles, living northwest of Mynard, where she has lived for nearly forty years, and mother of four sons, all excellent young men. Elbert the oldest, Ralph, Glenne and Myron, all making their home near dinner which was partaken of by those in attendance and wishing Grandmother Gapen much joy in passing her 87th milestone, and that she may enjoy many more.
(Contributed by Becky Applegate Apr 2003)
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