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Damaske, Charles H. / Along the right-of-way to Burlington
(1994)

Accidents,   pp. 158-164 ff. PDF (3.4 MB)


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ACCIDENTS ....
APRIL 29, 1909 (WP)
The first real wreck on the Waterford division of the electric line occurred
at Wind Lake
near Ernest Petzold's place Monday night. An engine crashed into an electrician
car standing
on the siding. The car was one used in stringing the wires and doing overhead
service. It
was wrecked badly yet fortunately no one was hurt.
NOVEMBER 25, 1909 (WP)
At Burlington last Friday occurred a railway accident which caused no particular
damage but
was very remarkable because one just like it very seldom happens. A freight
car on the Soo
line jumped the track and bumped along on the ties a distance of five hundred
feet until it
struck the crossing of the electric railway line when it jumped back on the
rails of the steam
road as if nothing had happened. In fact, the train crew was unaware of the
accident until
some time after it occurred.
OCTOBER 1911 (WP)
The first fatal accident to occur on the Burlington-Waterford line of the
Milwaukee Electric
Interurban system happened last Sunday evening at this village when Henry
Kortendick, Jr.,
was ground under the wheels of an electric car and died from his injuries
a few hours later in
a Milwaukee hospital. Both legs were crushed and nearly severed close to
his body besides
suffering internal injuries. It appears that he boarded the train consisting
of a motor car and
two trailers. He was in the forward car and attempted, after the train started,
to change to
one of the trailers in order to join some friends he wished to see. In doing
so he either
jumped against or was struck by a line pole and thrown headlong under the
trailer with the
horrible result as above stated. Almost instantly the accident was discovered
and the train
stopped. Jack screws were necessary to lift the car from the young man, who
talked to the
men while the task was being done. A physician and Father Albers were summoned
and the
train rushed towards the city. It was met half way by a hospital car and
a transfer made.
The poor boy was fully conscious up to a few minutes before death. He bore
his sufferings
uncomplainingly and calmly prepared for the end. Fortified by the last rites
of his faith he
gave directions as to his life insurance and other temporal affairs and when
told he must die
calmly said: "I expected that." His parents were at his bedside
when the end came. Need it
be added it was a pitiful leave-taking.
Deceased was the oldest son of George Kortendick aged 22 years and grew to
manhood on
his father's farm. Within the last year he entered the employ of his uncle
to learn the
butcher's trade. He was quick, active and industrious. Of a pleasant disposition
he made
many friends and his sad death cast a pall of sorrow over the community.
The remains were brought by special car from Milwaukee on Monday and the
funeral held at
the St. Thomas Catholic church on Wednesday was one of the largest ever witnessed
in this
community.
CARD OF THANKS--The bereaved parents, brothers and sisters desire through
the POST to
give public expression of thanks to all who gave assistance and offered such
kind sympathy in
their great sorrow and sincerely hope none may ever be called upon to meet
a similar
affliction.
OCTOBER 6, 1911 (SD)
Henry Kortendick, a well known young man of Waterford, was run over by the
6:10
Milwaukee bound electric car at Waterford Sunday evening and died a few hours
later at
Trinity hospital in Milwaukee from his injuries.
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