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Peckham, Nathan 1817 - 1898


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 12/27/2013 at 17:25:05

Elgin Echo, Thursday, 13 October 1898. From the Decorah Journal, undated.

Decorah Journal: A. L. Peckman, of Castalia, met a violent death September 29. His team becoming frightened at the cars and started to run away he was thrown from his buggy and became tangled up in one of the wheels, sustaining injuries from which he died about 7 o'clock in the evening. It was about noon when the accident occurred. Mr. Peckman was an old settler in that County and had many friends in Castilia and vicinity.


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Added by Joy Moore Nov. 12, 2020

Source: Decorah Republican Oct. 6, 1898 P 1 C 4

Injured in a Runaway and never regained Consciousness.
Castalia, Iowa, Oct. 4, 1898.
Last Thursday afternoon about one o’clock, as Mr. Nathan Peckham was driving to town as was usual for him every day. His horse became unmanageable and threw him from his buggy, from which he sustained injuries which resulted in his death about seven o’clock in the evening. When nearing the RR. crossing just west of town he saw a freight train coming from the east on the C., M. & St. P. Ry. and urged his horse ahead in order to cross ahead of the train. According to the fireman’s version he crossed about twenty rods in advance of the train and it appears that he was watching the approaching train and did not notice where his horse was going, or that he could not manage the horse, for instead of going across diagonally as he should have done, he crossed at right angles and by so doing ran up against an embankment which the graders had left, as they had recently been changing the road bed. In making the square turn Mr. P. was thrown between the front wheels of his buggy and dash-board, in which condition he was carried for about forty rods, when the rig was overturned and he was thrown to the ground. On arriving at the spot it was found that he was unconscious, and he remained in that condition until death came to his relief at the time stated.
It is very sad to think that one of his age should meet with such a violent death. His clothing was nearly torn from his body, and there were a number of cuts and bruises plainly telling the severe ordeal through which he had just passed. He was carried to the office of Dr. Small where everything possible was done for the sufferer, but the reaper, death, had claimed him and he passed peacefully away at the close of the day, thus closing an eventful career in an untimely and unnatural manner.
Nathan Peckham was born in Enfield, Conn., Aug. 1st, 1819. Of a family of five children, he was the youngest. Only one of his brothers or sisters survive him, Mrs. Susan E. Lathrop, who is now eighty-three years old. He was four times married, having married his last wife, Miss Martha A. Rockwell, in 1867. In all five children were the result of his marriages. Mrs. Wm. Waxler, George and William, the two latter by his last wife, survive him. By an examination of the family record we find that he comes of a family of remarkable and well preserved old age, his father having attained the age of ninety and his grandfather ninety-five years. This was the second fatality in the family, his oldest brother having been killed some years ago by falling from a ladder while painting.
For some years the deceased was engaged in the jewelry business at Hartford, Conn., and by his frugal habits and business ability accumulated a neat fortune, which he was enjoying in his ripe old age. In 1870 he sold out his business in the east and came to Iowa where he bought the farm on which he lived at the time of his death.
In religious belief he was a Universalist and contributed liberally toward the church of his choice. The funeral was hold from the Universalist church of this place Sunday, Oct. 2d, (which church the deceased was largely instrumental in erecting.) the Rev. Amos Crum, of Webster City, officiating. The Masonic fraternity conducted the funeral exercises. The house was filled to overflowing by those who came to pay their last re{s}pects to their neighbor and friend. There was a profusion of flowers and wreaths contributed by the friends of the deceased, by whom he was held in high esteem.
In this, their severe affliction, the family have the sympathies of their large circle of friends.

Transcriber's Note: The original posting has the wrong name. Nathan is buried in Bloomfield Cemetery.

Bloomfield Cemetery

Winneshiek Obituaries maintained by Bruce Kuennen.
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