Obit: Kafer, John (1855? - 1894)

Contact: Stan

Surnames: Kafer, Scheffler

----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 09/27/1894

Kafer, John (1855? - 18 Sept. 1894)

Miner - Hurley: A very bad accident occurred on the Colby mine location at Bessemer, Monday afternoon. As switch engine No. 74 of the Wisconsin Central was rounding the sharp curve near No. 5 shaft, backing up and pulling a string of ore cars, a cow came up out of the bushes onto the track so close that the engineer had to stop. The tender struck her and the result was it was derailed, with the engine and three cars. The cars were smashed into kindling wood, and the engine turned bottom up down the steep bank, and was a complete wreck. Engineer John Kafer was found under the wreck horribly mangled and dead. His fireman, Pat Scheffler, was thrown down the bank into the bushes, and came out with only a broken leg. Kafer was considered one of the most careful engineers in the employ of the company and a man liked by all. His home was at Omro, Wis., where his remains were shipped Tuesday night, in charge of two members of the B. of L. E. of which he was a member.



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