Damaske, Charles H. / Along the right-of-way to Burlington
Accidents, pp. 158-164 ff. PDF (3.4 MB)
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. - 158 -
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