George Monroe

One day last week the sad news reached us that George Monroe, formally of Buda, but more recently of Winona (Minn.) was killed by the cars. We clip the following from the Winona (Minn.) Daily Republican in regard to the accident.

A fatal accident happened in the yard of the Winona and St. Peter Depot about 5 o’clock this morning, resulting in the instant death of George Monroe, a brake man, who has been employed in the yard on night work for a short time past, to supply the place of a man who was taken sick. He was standing in the middle of the track waiting for the switch engine to back down, and as it approached he was about to step upon the foot board of the tender when he missed his footing and fell beneath the wheels. No word was heard from him and death was instant. His head and face were crushed beyond recognition and one arm was nearly severed from his body.

The deceased was a young man, about 22 years of age, and was highly esteemed by his acquaintances. He had lived in this city some two or three years, having clerked at the American House awhile last season. His mother lives at Buda, IL where she recently married for the second time. It is said that his uncle resides at Mc Gregor.

Monroe seemed to be filled with an apprehension of a tragic fate awaiting him, and when he heard of the death of Ebert at Onalaska, last week, he remarked to a friend that he should go that way himself sometime. On another occasion recently, while ordering a new suit of clothes he made some remark about not being very particular as he would not likely live too long. An inquest was held upon the body by Coroner Lessing this morning and a verdict of accidental death was returned after which the remains were properly dressed by an undertaker to await replied to telegrams which the railroad officers have sent to the friends of the deceased. There were no additional facts brought out at the inquest. The engineer, W.R. Seekerman and the fireman, Jerry Harrigan, of the locomotive, were unable to see the brake man and knew nothing of it until the engineer was signaled by the yard master to stop the engine. The fireman saw Monroe when he ran across the track to jump on the engine. The remains of the unfortunate brake man were forwarded to Buda, IL this afternoon, in obedience to the request of his mother (who?) went through the officials of the town who received the dispatch this morning from superintendent Sanborn.

Note: George Monroe is buried at Mt. Bloom Cemetery

(Bureau County Republican, Aug 23, 1877 P. 4, Col. 6, submitted by Shelly Harris)




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