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JOHN KEIFFER KILLED

John Keiffer of Moorefield, who was braking and running as extra conductor on the High Line of the Burlington, was so seriously injured, at Curtis, Monday evening, that he died in a few hours. We are not in possession of full particulars, but understand that he was making a coupling and stepped between the cars to draw the coupler bolt, by some means, just how will never be known, he was thrown between the cars and one wheel passed up over his leg until it struck his body, and in this position he was pushed along for some distance, until the train could be stopped. The flesh was entirely stripped from one leg and the bone crushed at the ankle, one side of the body was somewhat mangled and the skull fractured. The accident occurred about 1:00 p.m. and he lived until about 8:00 p.m.

The remains were taken to Moorefield and his parents, at Topeka, Ks., telegraphed for. Upon their arrival the funeral and interment would follow. Keiffer was said to be a temperate, steady young man, and gave promise of rapid advancement. His sad and untimely death is deplored by all who knew him.

The Farnam Echo 1(19):1, Saturday, 9 April 1904

 



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