Harry # 2 (1893 - 1913)
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Lambert, Harry (10 Feb. 1893 - 2 Aug. 1913)
HARRY LAMBERT FATALLY HURT BOTH LEGS CUT OFF AND BOTH ARMS CRUSHED BY TRAIN--DIES SOON AFTER
Harry Lambert was run over by the cars Saturday night at 7:30. Both legs were cut off and both arms were badly mangled. He died at 9 o'clock the same evening.
Harry had been working at Columbia, a small town between Merrillan and Neillsville, buying pickles for Libby, McNeil & Libby. Beyond Columbia is the gravel pit where the trains are loaded with gravel for construction work. To get the trains out of the pit an extra engine is used to push the train through Columbia. Harry had finished his week's work and as there were no passenger trains that night he decided to catch a gravel train. He was anxious to get to Merrillan to turn in his reports and then go to his home in Fairchild to be in readiness to go with the ball team Sunday afternoon to Warrens where a game had been arranged.
When the gravel train passed the station he made an attempt to board the rear of the caboose, but in some manner failed and went under the engine pushing the train with the above results recorded.
He was taken to Merrillan at once where doctors gave him every attention possible but it was evitable that his injuries and consequent loss of blood was more than any human being could withstand.
A telegram was received here a few moments after the accident and in a few minutes three of Harry's brothers were in R.D. Shipman's machine on the way to Merrillan. They arrived there shortly before he died but not until he was too weak from the loss of blood to recognize them.
The body was taken in charge by a Merrillan undertaker and brought to Fairchild and taken home Sunday morning.
Harry Lambert was born Feb. 10, 1893 on a farm near Fairchild. He was a young man full of vitality and good nature and all who knew him were his friends. After the accident he was aware that death was near and told the attendants to bid goodbye to his mother, sister and brothers. He met death without fear and without complaint.
Harry was one of a family of eleven children- ten boys and one girl. The father died in 1903 but this is the first death among the children.
Besides his mother he leaves a sister Clara, and brothers Julius, Albert, August, Fred, Edward, Arthur, Theodore, Elmer and Herbert, besides a host of friends to mourn his untimely death.
The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the German Lutheran church. Internment took place in the village cemetery.
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