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Shawano County Journal

Thurs 31 Aug 1916


First Death on New Railroad

Man Named Hanson is dead From Heart Failure Before Help Came

Buried by Comrades

Brother and Brother-In-Law Came to Seek Damages upon Hearing News of Death

The first death on the Wisconsin & Northern extension occurred last Friday.  A man named Chas. Hanson was found lying in the ditch in the big swamp south of the city last Friday evening.  Before he could be gotten to the camp, he was dead.  The cause of the death was organic heart trouble.   The boys working on the construction took up a collection to give him an appropriate burial.  To this amount was added some fifty dollars which the man had coming in wages the funeral was held Sunday and interment was made in the cemetery at Shawano.

A bother and brother-in-law, we are told, when they heard of the death, came here in the hope that there would be damages, believing that the death was caused by accident and that they could collect from the company.  It seems that as soon as they discovered the mistake, their first concern was to get whatever the dead man had left, and to get out of the country.  It is alleged that they did absolutely nothing to help in the burial and that they even went so far as to try to get what little change there was in the decedent’s pocket.  It is said that the railway men straightway handed not what they wanted, but what was “coming to them.”