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treacherous ice, and both found a watery grave. Their bodies were found together immediately after, and both were interred. The devotion of this wite and mother, though carried to excess, is yet a living example of faithful loves, and must forever hold a place in the romance of early settlement.

The drowning of Deacon Stearns, his son, and Geo. Huntley in Gillett's lake, Leoni, May 28, 1870; the disaster on the Michigan Central, wherein one man was killed and 15 wounded, and the death of Trenburgher, resulting from being run over by a train, completed a list of accidents sufficient for one day.

Luther Barnard was drowned in Silbee's lake May 30, 1871.

The drowning of a Prussian named William Fluggi in the millpond, June 5, 1871, was another of those sad events which cast a gloom over the district.

The drowning of Edward Johnson and Louis J. Kreuth occurred Aug. 3, 1873, in the mill-pond, near the city park.

The drowning of Charles H. Finch and Thomas Keelan in Crispel lake, Liberty township, Dec. 28, 1873, was another of those terrible catastrophes which strike a community with awe and bring sorrow and trouble to the homestead.

The drowning of George and Frank Ferris, sons of Caleb Ferris, in March, 1875, was one of those sad events that usually bring woe to households and sorrow to a community. A triple death would have to be recorded had not a man named Wallace Ferguson plunged into the limited but deep pond, and rescued Fred Ferris, à cousin of the deceased brothers.

Charles Smith, an employe in Gotham's bakery, was drowned Sept. 12, 1875, in the mill-pond near the railroad bridge. The fact that the coroner's jury found a verdict of accidental drowning cannot quite dispel the idea of suicide; for he deliberately left the boat of his hunting companions, got on the F. W. R. Ř. bridge, and in two minutes afterward was drowned in 10 feet of water just north of the bridge.

The accidental drowning of Bernard Keenan in the pond, near the railroad bridge, July 8, 1875, caused a feeling of gloom to spread over the city, and brought grief into the household of his widowed mother.

The drowning of Edward C. Acker in the mill-pond created a profound sensation throughout the city. Coroner Gunder held an inquisition on the body, and the jury concluded that the deceased was drowned by making a misstep while crossing the Fort Wayne R. R. bridge, Nov. 1, 1875.

In April, 1877, a youth named James Cross was reported missing. His body was subsequently found in the river below the dam.


The death of Mr. Nicholas McQuillan occurred March 1, 1871. Crossing the track at Cooper street, he failed to perceive the

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approach of a freight train, and was consequently crushed to death. The deceased was numbered among the old citizens of Jackson. His funeral showed the high esteem in which he was held by the people.

In March, 1873, Albert Reinke was killed at the Cooper-street crossing of the M. C. R. R.

The death of Geo. McCabe, from being run over by the cars May 24, 1873, and the heroic attempt at rescue on the part of the brakeman, Wm. Ryan, formed subject for public gossip during the month.

The death of James Whalen, May 17, 1875, from injuries caused by being run over by the cars on the M. C. R. R., resulted in the holding of an inquisition by Coroner Zunder. The evidence of C. C. Collins, a brakeman, given before the coroner's jury, ascribed the following expressions to the dying man: “I'm done for; I'm gone up. I don't blame you, nor any one but myself; it was all an accident." The jury found a verdict in accordance with the statement of this witness.

The death of a deaf mute named Charles B. Hibbard, a man of 30 years of age, from being run over by the cars, was one of the accidents of June, 1876.

The death of Geo. H. Carl at Spring Arbor, June 3, 1877, was another of the sad events of the year. He fell from the end of the fourth car from the rear, and the other cars passed over him, cutting his body in two parts.

In the morning of July 23, 1877, an old man named Kimball was hunting a bee-tree in what is known as Happy Valley, between Manchester and Norvell. Going a short distance into the woods he left two little ones, a grandson and granddaughter, aged respectively four and six years, on the railroad bridge. The little ones playing about in the free sunshine knew nothing of the awful danger which awaited them, and which soon after made its appearance in the shape of the morning freight train bound for Jackson, rushing down grade around the curve south of the bridge. The little boy saw his danger, and managed to get to one side of the bridge, where he was safe; but the little girl, bewildered and terrified beyond measure, ran straight on before the engine, which, notwithstanding the engineer had seen the children, whistled “down brakes,” and reversed his lever, was rushing on the bridge with terrible force. The old man had heard the train, and knowing well his darlings' danger, had, with all the mighty effort his feeble muscles could command, reached the bridge, but too late; the engine, missing the old man, had struck the little one, and the first car hit the old man, completely tearing him in pieces.

On Aug. 10, 1877, the son of William Peake, of Concord, a boy five years old, was run over by the cars and decapitated.

Thomas McKinney, of Concord, was run over by a freight train and killed, Oct. 22, 1877. It is supposed he was the victim of drink.

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The drowning of Peter Gunther, Dec. 18, 1877, was attributed to his determination to commit suicide.

An M. C. R. R. train going east on the night of May 4, 1879, ran over a man lying on the track, midway between Leoni and Grass Lake. Upon reaching the latter place blood was found on the pilot, which was the first evidence the train-men had of the casualty. Upon learning the melancholy intelligence, Alonzo Gallup, the restaurateur at 141 Main street, went to Grass Lake and immediately identified the body as that of his brother. The deceased is spoken of as an industrious man, and faithful to the interests of those he served. He was unmarried, and his age was about 35 years.

A sad accident occurred in December, 1880, whereby W. W. Van Ostrom, better known in Jackson as Will Douglass, an adopted son of L. P. Douglass, of Albion, lost his life. He was employed as switchman by the Michigan Central Railroad Company, and with engine No. 81 was doing some switching in the neighborhood of the coal mines north of the city. Having occasion to uncouple a coal car, on which he was standing, he gave the signal to “slack back," and leaning over the end of the car to remove the coupling pin, lost his balance by the concussion of the backing engine and was thrown under the wheels of the cars, receiving such injuries that he died in a very short time.

Andrew Fitzpatrick, an old man of 60 years, was run over by an M. C. R. R. switch engine, and died the following day. During the short term between the accident and his death, Messrs. Brown and Clark, of the M. C. R. R., rendered the old man all the kindness possible, and after his death ordered his remains to be interred at the company's expense.

The death of Lovette Grover, resulting from being run over by the cars, near the Air Line junction, was a sad event.

The death of Charles H. Lane, in April, resulting from being crushed under the cars, was an addition to the many sad events of the time.


The first inquest in the county was held on the body of Geo. C. Pease, by Coroner Thomas McGee, in 1836.

In 1838 Mr. Whipple was again required to conduct an inquisition on the body of R. Perry, whose death seemed to be shrouded in a little mystery.

A little girl named Lona Snyder fell from the fourth story of the Union Block, and died May 20, 1871.

The cloud surrounding the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Powell, Sept. 17, 1870, still remains, and never, perhaps, will be removed. The burning of little Hattie Decker, in November, 1871,

was another terrible warning to parents.

The drowning of a negro boy while skating on the mill-pond and the death of Mr. Harrington, of Sandstone, resulting from

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