Obit: Stecker, Herbert (1892 - 1913)

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----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 11/20/1913

Stecker, Herbert (14 SEP 1892 - 16 NOV 1913)

Herbert Stecker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stecker of this city (Colby, Clark Co., Wis.), was run over and killed early Sunday morning by a Soo Line train, supposed to be No. 3, while walking on the track from Osborn to Atwood, where he had been attending a dance with three companions. They started for home about 2:30 in the morning, the three companions in a buggy, who wanted Herbert to ride with them, but thought it was too big a load so said he would walk and get there nearly as quick as they would. It was about 4:30 when Engineer Harrison, on limited train No. 17, saw the body on the track a short distance ahead and applied the emergency brakes, but the train could not be stopped before part of it had passed over the body. From all appearances he had been dead for an hour or more. The remains, which were badly mangled by the two trains that passed over them, were picked up and taken to Owen, where they were identified and prepared for shipment to his home in this city. Just how the accident happened no one knows, but we understand that an inquest will be held by District Attorney Rush, to determine, if possible, whether the young man lost his life through his own carelessness or otherwise.

Hebert Stecker was born in the town of Colby, Clark Co., Sept. 14th, 1892. After his father’s death the farm was sold and the family moved into the city. He worked in the factory and for different farmers and at the time of his death was working for his uncle, H. Klemm, in the town of Green Grove. He leaves his mother, three brothers, Fred, Levi and William, and one sister, Mrs. Frank Meyer, besides many relatives and friends to mourn his tragic death.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from St. John’s Church, and largely attended. The burial took place in the Green Grove Cemetery.



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