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John S. Miller 1847 – 1898


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 4/19/2021 at 17:02:36

Source: Decorah Republican Aug. 18, 1898 P 5 C 3

Crushed to Death.
Independence Bulletin-Journal. — A fatal accident, occured yesterday morning about 9 o’clock, by which John S. Miller a well known farmer, lost his life by being run over by a traction engine. Wednesday morning Mr. Miller came to the city with his team to draw the, engine to the factory. He had hitched the team to the machine and had driven to within thirty feet of the factory when the accident happened. Those who saw the accident say that the toe of the right shoe was caught under the small forward wheel and he was thrown to the ground, face downward. This caused the horses to turn suddenly to the left and the large wheel of the engine ran over his right arm over his shoulder and crushed the left side of his skull and face. Spectators ran to Mr. Miller’s assistance, and were shocked to see how badly he was injured. He was carried into the Burlington house and Dr. Shellito was summoned as soon as possible. Mr. Miller was still living when the doctor arrived. He died shortly after he was taken to Mr. Harmon’s home, at 11:30 o’clock, about two and a half hours alter the fatal fall.

Transcriber’s Note: Find a Grave shows he was born August 9, 1847 and died August 1, 1898. He is buried in the Wilson Cemetery.


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