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Crimmens, Jerry 1862-1909


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 8/13/2021 at 14:42:07

Elkader Register & Argus, Thur., 11 Feb. 1909. Local News columns. From the Dubuque Times, undated.

A McGregor special to the Dubuque Times says: While returning home from North McGregor, one mile above here, last week Wednesday afternoon, Jerry Cremens was thrown from a cutter in a runaway and injured seriously, resulting in his death the following morning. Mr. Cremens was returning home about noon, accompanied by Arch Mann, a driver from Peterson & Schultz's livery barn. When near the Ruddy hotel, at the west yards, the horses became unmanageable and ran away, dragging Mr. Mann about twenty yards and throwing Mr. Cremens out on his head and face. He was picked up by workmen near there, carried into the hotel and Dr. Youst was called, who dressed the wounds. Mr. Cremens was later taken to his home near there, where he died at about 1:00 o'clock Thursday morning. Mr. Clemens is a man about 50 years of age, a carpenter by trade and has been in the employ of the railroad company. The funeral was held at McGregor, Saturday.

(Note: Both spellings of the surname were in the article, as shown, neither correct. His surname is Crimmens, burial in St. Mary's, McGregor)


Added by S. Ferrall 8/15/2021:

Crimmens / Crimmins, Jerry 1862-1909
Jerry D. Crimmens born at Worecester, Mass in 1862. Came with his parents Daniel and Honora Crimmens to Iowa in 1864. They [illegible] North McGregor settling on the homestead west of town of Giard Creek where they have since resided.

He began work on the [illegible] road prior to 1876 working with his father on the section and [illegible] worked for Section Foreman Brown. Later he served an apprenticeship, learning the carpenter and joiner's trade. In 1880 he began work as carpenter for the Milwaukee Co. under foreman Claud Monty and later under W.G. Wheeler.

Several years ago he was assigned a crew in the building department on the I. & D. div. He was considered one of the most competent men in that department owing to his fine workmanship.

The deceased was a man very kind and generous to all, and had many friends to mourn his untimely death.

He was married at Pra. du Chien [Prairie du Chien], Wis. in Oct. 1898. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Hannah Crimmens; father, Daniel Crimmens, and brother Michael Crimmens, who mourn sincerely the companion and loved one.

Deceased was a charter member of the Bridge and Bulding Brotherhood I. & D. Div. Lodge No. 1.

He was injured in a runaway last week Wednesday, at 12:15 at the West Yards, being thrown from the cutter, where he lay unconscious. Men hurried to his rescue and carried him into the Ruddy Hotel, when Rev. Father Lundon and Dr. Youtz were called. Deceased received injuries about the head which resulted in his death at 12:30 the same night.

Funeral services were held at St. Mary's church, McGregor, Saturday morning, Rev. Father Lundon officiating.
~North Iowa Times, Thursday, February 11, 1909; pg 4

Iowa Death Certificate (familysearch.org)
Name: Jerry Crimmens
DOB: 09/13/1862
DOD: 02/04/1909
Father: Dan'l Crimmins
Mother: Nora Haley
Cause: Concussion of brain & intracranial hemorrhage following injury
Burial: St. Mary's cemetery, Feb. 6, 1909
Informant: Mrs. Jerry Crimmens

Note: surname is variously spelled Crimmins and Crimmens depending on the record


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