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Obit of Fred Bester.
From Der Carroll Demokrat, a German-language newspaper published in Carroll,
Iowa, Published on Friday, 8 March 1895.
Tuesday morning a terrible accident occurred near the
freight rail yard in which respected a citizen of Carroll
met his death. Jos. Wahl was occupied in unloading a load
of coal for Hoffmann's Hotel, in which he was being
assisted by Fred Bester. They had just brought out a wagon of
coal, and as they were returning, a freight train was standing on
the south tracks waiting for the eastbound passenger train.
A rather cold wind was blowing, and so Bester, who was no
longer a young man, crossed over the south tracks right in
front of the engine of the freight train in order to seek
shelter from the wind. The old man was somewhat hard of
hearing, and through the noise that is always present at a
busy train yard, he failed to hear the passenger train
which was thundering in from the east. By the time the deceased
discovered the danger he was in, it was unfortunately too
late. He was flung about 20 feet from the tracks by the
frightful force with which he was hit by the cow- catcher. The engineer,
who had just seen the unfortunate man commit the fateful error but had no
time to reduce the speed of the train, jumped from the locomotive and rushed
to the victim. It was said that he gave up his spirit as he
was being lifted and brought to the rail yard. The
deceased was a respected German-American and lived in the Third
Ward. He leaves behind a married son who mourns the sudden death
of his father. Regarding this accident, it cannot be said
that the railroad officials are at fault. It was
impossible for the engineer to stop the train, because from the time
Bester came out from behind the locomotive to the time of
the accident was hardly a few seconds.
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