Obit: Kuechmichel, William #2 (? - 1908)

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Surnames: Kuechmichel, Koch

----Source: NEILLSVILLE TIMES (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 07/23/1908

Kuechmichel, William #2 (? - 20 JUL 1908)

Sunday evening Wm. Kuechmichel of Marshfield was killed on the railroad tracks, the body not being discovered until Monday. He was a brother to Charles and Henry of this city (Neillsville, Clark Co., Wis.), who attended the funeral today. The following account of the accident is from the Times:

"As an extra freight was pulling into the Central yards from the north at 5:45 Monday morning the engineer noticed the body of a man beside the track just inside the yard limits, about a mile from the station. When the train reached the station the find was reported and Officer Griffin was notified. The body was immediately identified as that of Wm. Kuechmichel who resides on D. Street near the Northwestern tracks.

The body was terribly mangled and cut apart and the surroundings indicated that he had been struck by a south bound train as the body was evidently carried some distance in that direction. Northing was found in the pockets of the deceased except a house key and a prayer book, which he had carried to church that morning lay near him. Kuechmichel was last seen alive by James Robl, proprietor of the brewery saloon, at eleven o’clock, and it is presumed that he went from Robl’s place directly to the track and started for Mannville, where his wife and children are staying, and where he had been helping his father-in-law, Mr. Koch, in haying. Where he spent time between eleven and 1L20, when the first southbound train passed, is unexplained, but it is considered probable that he stumbled and struck a rail, lying senseless on the track until the train arrive. Passenger No. 4 is the only southbound train that passed and it is very likely the train that struck Kuechmichel, though the enginemen did not notice the accident.



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