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Hazel Eunice Rasmussen (1900-1912)


Posted By: Eileen Reed
Date: 7/29/2021 at 21:53:13

Daily ChronicleŚ Willard, age 14, and Hazel, age 12, children of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Rasmussen were, killed last night when a west bound Rock Island freight train crashed into the buggy in which they were riding. Four others in the rig were badly injured.

The accident happened about ten o'clock. The family were returning from town and in attempting to cross the railroad crossing just south of their house were struck by the train. The vehicle was thrown far away on the right of way and was completely demolished. Those in the rig saw the train but thought, there was sufficient time to cross ahead of it. In the vehicle aside from the first named were N. Slaikeu, Mrs. F. A. Rasmussen, Eldon and Treasa Rasmussen. Eldon was only slightly hurt and ran to the J. B. Rasmussen home for assistance. The girl died while being, carried home, the boy expired about three hours after the accident.

Drs. Peppers and Cunningham of Goldfield and Dr. McGrath of Eagle Grove were rushed to the scene of the accident and the injured attended to.

Mrs. Rasmussen has a badly jammed shoulder, a scalp wound, is badly, bruised and naturally suffering from the shock of the loss of her children. Eldon, the oldest boy; has a bad cut on the forehead and apparently is the least hurt of all.

Tressa is badly bruised and her case at present is the one causing worry for the physicians. She remains in a semiconscious state, at times appearing allright and at others unconscious. Whether or not she has internal injuries or is suffering from the effect of the shock of the terrible accident cannot at this time be determined.

N. Slaikeu has a badly sprained ankle, a cut above the eye, and a wrenched back. On account of his age may be badly hurt.

The team were across tbe track and clear of the engine when the crash came, and were uninjured.

Funeral services for the two dead was held from the house at 9:30 Monday morning and at the. U. P. church at 10:30. Rev. W. R. Irvine conducted the services.

The Eagle Grove Eagle
Eagle Grove, Iowa
Thursday, August 22, 1912

Concerning the accident at Goldfield in which the two Rasmussen children were killed, and other injured the Goldfield Chronicle says: Later developments in connection with the sad affair reveal the fact the engineer and fireman knew nothing of the accident until they reached division headquarters at Estherville. No whistle was blown for the crossing and neither engine man was looking ahead. A telegram from this station informed the train crew of the awful accident. All of the injured were able to be out for the funeral, with the exception of Mr. Slaikeu, who however, is about as usual now. All are recovering nicely, and but for the soreness of cuts and bruises, are apparently well as ever.

The Times-Gazette
Eagle Grove, Iowa
Thursday, August 29, 1912


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