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BOCK, Clarence c1899-1918


Posted By: K.L. Kittleson
Date: 1/12/2013 at 22:23:41

REISNER, William F. 1877-1918


Accident Happens Near Julien,
Six Miles West of Dubuque,
at an Early Hour Today


W. F. Reisner, Clarence Bock and
H. Yarnall Die When Train
Goes Into Stream.

DUBUQUE, IOWA, Aug. 17 - W. F. Reisner, engineer; C. Bock, fireman, and H. Yarnall, brakeman, all of Waterloo, were killed when an Illinois Central freigh train went thru a bridge near Julien, six miles west of here, early this morning. The bridge had been weakened by heavy rain.

Three Waterloo men were killed when Illinois Central engine No. 1821 was derailed one mile east of Julien early this morning. Owing to heavy rains in that vicinity which started about 10:30 last evening, the track had been washed out. Section men had been out patrolling the track practically all night when the freigh, which was an extra loaded with meat, hides and fruit, passed Julien trainmen were warned to watch the track and also to look out for the patrollers.

It was about one mile east of Julien that the accident occurred. It was supposed the track gave way under the weight of the engine, causing it to turn over. Two or three of the freight cars were also derailed.

W. S. Williams, general superindent of western lines, left for the scene of the accident early this morning and will conduct an investigation.

The three victims had not been rescued from the wrecked engine at noon today. Heavy rains had washed out sections of the track which must be rebuilt before a relief train can get to the place of the accident.


Engineer William F. Reisner was born in Milwaukee, November 29, 1877. He moved to Iowa with his parents when a small lad and had been a resident of Waterloo almost 14 years in the employ of the Illinois Central.

On February 22, 1905, he was married to Lola Benton at Cedar Rapids.

Surviving are the widow and four children: Frederick, Walter, Beatrice and Harriet, ranging in ages from seven to twelve years; also his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Reisner, and a brother, John, at Independence; two sisters, Mrs. S. O. Mason and Mrs. Charles Greher, Elgin, Illinois.; and a sister, Mrs. Alvin Stongberg, Algona, Iowa.

The family resides at 623 Oneida Street.

Harlan F. Yarnall, brakeman, was 21 years old in May. He registered with the men of 1817 and volunteered for special induction, but had not yet been called. He had been employed with the Illilnois Central for several months, aming his home with Mr. and Mrs. John Ray, 306 Iowa Street.

His parents, sisters and a brother live at Exeter, Missouri, and were notified this morning of his death.

A brother, J. H. Yarnall, now in the army, formerly resided with him here, and was also in the employ of the Illinois Central.

Clarence Bock took up his duties as a fireman for the Illinois Central January 1, 1918. He was 19 years old and had been in the employ of the railway company about three years. He learned the machinist trade in the I. C. shops here, going to work at the age of 14.

He was a member of the Co. B. First Iowa Infantry, and served with his regiment at Brownsville, Texas. He left here with his company for Camp Dodge at the time the present war broke out. He was selected to serve in the Rainbow division, but was discharged just prior to leaving for France.

March 12, 1918, he was married at Cedar Rapids.

Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Mamie Bock, who is now visiting her parents at Cedar Rapids; mother, Mrs. Anna Bock, 225 Jackson Street, and three sisters: Edna, Helen and Marie, all of this city.

Funeral arrangements will not be made until the body arrives here from Dubuque.

[Waterloo Evening Courier, Saturday, August 17, 1918, Waterloo, Iowa - pages 1 and 9]


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