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ACKERMAN, Joe 1868-1901


Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 1/9/2013 at 11:08:59

[Waterloo Courier, Monday, November 18, 1901]

Joe Ackerman, a former resident of this city who has been in the employ of the Chicago Great Western as brakeman for some time past, met death at Hayfield, Minn., last night in a manner that is mysterious to say the least.

His train was switching in the yards of that station and Mr. Ackerman had just made a coupling between two coaches. The coupling was made and the engineer waited for the signal to go ahead. No signal was given, however, and after waiting some time the engine man went back to learn the cause of the delay. They found Ackerman lying just outside the track on which he had made the coupling and closer inspection revealed the fact that he was dead. The body was examined but no bruises could be found to indicate that he had met with an accident. There was a slight scratch on his face, but that was all.

Medical assistance was summoned at once but the spark of life had vanished and the cause of his death can only be surmised. It is thought that heart trouble was the cause of course it is not known definitely.

Ackerman was a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Ackerman who lives three miles north of Waterloo on the Peek road. He was 38 years old, married and left Waterloo about four years ago.

Deceased leaves a wife, father, mother, three brothers and four sisters to mourn his loss. One brother, Will Ackerman, lives in Waterloo and also a sister, Mrs. A. Henninger.

Mrs. Henninger and Mrs. L.L. Jolls, mother-in-law of the deceased, left today for Hayfield and will return on the 5:15 Great Western train this afternoon, bringing the remains with them. The funeral will probably be held in this city, but no definite arrangements have been made as yet.


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