BROWER, John C. 1885-1915
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/6/2017 at 10:24:07
John Brower Hit By Train And Killed
Accident Happened Two Miles From Stout
Was Walking Home From Dike When Train Hit Him
John Brower was found dead along the Northwestern Railroad track two miles south of Stout last Friday morning. Northwestern crew on a freight train saw the body track and they stopped and picked him up and took him to Stout where he was identified. His body lay only a short distance from the track. There were no indications of broken bones, but blood had run from the nose and ears. The body was frozen stiff which indicated that death had taken place several hours before the remains were found.
County Coroner Rowe lives at Stout and a coroner's inquest was held, the verdict was that death was caused by a train striking him as he was walking along the track. The remains were sent from Stout to Parkersburg where they were placed in charge of an undertaker before they were removed to the Brower home.
Brower went by train from Parkersburg to Dike Thursday forenoon. He intended going back on the evening passenger which leaves Dike about 6:30. He missed this train and started on foot along the track from Dike to Parkersburg which is a distance of about fifteen miles. The supposition is that an extra freight train hit him while he was walking along the track.
The unfortunate man was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Con. Brower of Colfax township, where he was born and reared, and at the time of his death was 29 years, 10 months and 16 days old.
In the year 1909 he was united in marriage to Lena Meints. Since March 1st, 1913, he had resided on his own farm where he had since erected a fine home.
Besides his wife and parents, he leaves five brothers and four sisters and a large number of other relatives and friends who mourn his sudden demise.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Siemsen church, officiated by Rev. Siemsen. An exceptionally large crowd was in attendance. The entire community extends their heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones in their great sorrow.
--The Grundy Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 18 February 1915, pg 1
John Browers, Living West of Fern, Was Struck by Train near Stout and Killed
Struck by Train
John Browers, living about a mile west of the Voss church north of Fern, was the farmer struck by the train. Mr. Browers had been to Dike last Thursday to make a payment on his farm and it is believed he had missed his train for Stout and started to walk home when he was struck by a train and instantly killed. The remains were found lying beside the track about 2 1/4 miles south of Stout Friday afternoon about one o'clock. The head was crushed and death had evidently been instantaneous. The remains were not found sooner owing to a heavy fog Thursday night and Friday, although several trains had passed over the road and the body was lying near the track.
Mr. Bowers was a young man, aged about 35, and is survived by his wife. Dr. Roe, coroner, held an inquest Friday and the jury found the facts as given above.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 18 February 1915, pg 1
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