Obit: Schiller, John (? - 1911)

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Surnames: McLaughlin, Schiller, Baker

----Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 05/25/1911

Schiller, John (? - 19 May 1911)

A terrible and most deplorable accident occurred in the town of Eau Pleine, last Friday morning at about nine o’clock, when the Doud Co.’s road locomotive went through the bridge over Noisy Creek, near the Weber corners, resulting in the death of Engineer John Schiller and Fireman Wm. McLaughlin.

The Doud company run their lumber from their March mill to Stratford with two engines, one of gasoline powder and the other a steam road locomotive, and on Friday morning the gasoline engine with one load of lumber passed safely over the thirty foot bridge, but when the drivers of the steamer, which was following with eight loads, came onto the bridge it gave way without the least warning and fell into the creek, nine feet below, carrying the two unfortunate men with it. Wm. McLaughin was instantly killed.

Engineer Schiller, who was pinned under the engine, was taken out alive and taken to Stratford by auto where physicians were doing all in their power for him when death came at about eleven o’clock and relieved his suffering. He was scalded from his neck to his feet by steam from a broken steam pipe. He leaves a wife and two children at Glidden, where the body was taken Sunday for burial.

Wm. McLauglin was a single man and had resided at March about four years. He was in Colby last fall and spent Sunday with his friends, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Baker, who formerly resided at March. His funeral was held Monday.

Both men are well spoken of and their tragic death has caused universal sorrow where they are known.



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