Single, George 1895-1956
Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 1/29/2008 at 14:08:15
November 8, 1956
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MANGLED UNDER SPEEDING EXPRESS PASSENGER TRAIN
CROSSING TO TOOL SHED WHEN HE WAS CHOPPED TO BITS
George Single, 61, section foreman for the I.C. Railway, was killed about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 7, when struck by Omaha train No. 210 traveling toward Sioux City, while the train was going through Merrill.
First news of the tragedy reached Merrill when the train crew stopped at Hinton and called Emmett Wilson, depot agent of Merrill to investigate. They said they thought they train hit “something” as it traveled through Merrill.
Investigation by Mr. Wilson and Lloyd Hamm of Merrill revealed that Mr. Single had been hit by the train and his mangled body was found. Coroner S.H. Luken said the man had been crossing the tracks on his way to a tool shed. Also investigating was deputy James Mertes who said that there were no witnesses at the scene.
Mr. Single was born May 8, 1895, in Germany and came to Remsen when he was bout 25 years of age. He lived there until his marriage to Elizabeth Bentz at Cherokee on November 29, 1922. The family then moved to Merrill where they have since resided.
Funeral services were held at Luken’s funeral home on Thursday, November 8, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. D. Harbour of the First Methodist church at Merrill officiating. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery at Merrill under the direction of Luken’s at LeMars.
Pallbearers were Harold Herren, Eugene Hodapp, Mike Hughes, Floyd Powell, John Foley and Frank Ebright.
Survivors besides his wife, Elizabeth, are one son, Vernon, of LeMars; one stepson, Howard Dobbins, of Merryfield, Minnesota, and three brothers in Germany and one grandson.
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