Obit: Simolke, Agnes (1893? - 1915)

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----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 02/25/1915

Simolke, Agnes (1893? - 18 FEB 1915)

Miss Agnes Simolke, aged twenty-one, employed as a domestic at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. O’Brien, 503 Church St., was struck and instantly killed by southbound Soo Line passenger train No. 12 at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon.

The accident occurred about a hundred feet east of the Soo Line bridge over the Wisconsin River. Miss Simolke was on her way to the home of her sister, Mrs. Charles Bellin, a short distance east and south of the bridge. At the end of Wisconsin St. she turned south and had nearly crossed over the track when the locomotive struck her.

Mrs. Bellin had been expecting her sister, who visited her regularly on Sunday and Thursday afternoons. She had been laying down but was awakened by the sound of a train bell. Peering out of the window she saw the body of her sister at the bottom of the steep embankment, not more than twenty-five or thirty feet in front of the house. Miss Simolke had escaped the wheels of the train but was struck with great force and tossed to the side of the road bed. Her back was broken and death was doubtless instantaneous.

The train, which was in charge of Conductor Elmer Thew and Engineer B.W. Willett, was back up and the body place in the baggage car. Dr. C. Von Neupert, our city health office, viewed the remains at the depot and Coroner Boston took charge. The body was taken to the Boston Undertaking parlors to be prepared for burial and notification was sent to Miss Simolke’s mother, who resides on a farm near Auburndale. (Stevens Point Journal)

Miss Simolke was a niece of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sellung of this city (Colby, Clark Co., Wis.) The funeral was held at Auburndale on Monday.



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