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Broghamer, Mathilda 1834 – 1913


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 7/19/2020 at 18:36:14

Source: Cresco Plain Dealer Apr. 25, 1913, P-2, C-2

The people here were greatly shocked last Sunday when the sad news came that Mrs. Broghamer, nearly 80 years old, mother of Wm. Broghamer of this place, was killed by a through freight train on the C. M. & St. P. road on the main crossing at Ossian, while she was on her way to church.
Eye witnesses claim that the train was passing through town at a pretty high rate of speed. The trainmen say they were not exceeding 15 miles an hour.
The lady did not seem to heed the alarming whistle of the engine. She was struck by the engine just after she had crossed the track, but not far enough to clear the engine. She was carried and thrown about forty feet east of the crossing. She evidently was instantly killed as her neck was broken, also several ribs and her wrist.
The conductor of the train that struck her was C. H. Wiley and the engineer A. Moore.
Coroner Jewell was summoned from Decorah and an inquest was held on Monday, the jury being composed of H. J. Etteldorf, M. A. Olson, and H. T. Hauge. The jury returned a verdict as follows:
“We find that she (Mrs. Broghamer) came to her death by being struck by train No. 7135, at the crossing on Lydia Street, Ossian, Iowa, about 9:15 a. m., April 13, 1913, said train being the property of the G. M. & St. P. Railway Company. We further find that the killing of the deceased was not felonious, but find from the evidence that said train was going at an excessive rate of speed for the safety of the public.”—Calmar Courier.

Transcriber’s Note: Her gravestone in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery shows she was born March 27, 1834 and that her name was Mathilda.

St. Francis de Sales Cemetery

Winneshiek Obituaries maintained by Bill Waters.
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