Des Moines, IA Boy Killed by Streetcar, Sept 1906

From The Omaha Sunday Bee, Omaha, NE, USA, Sunday, 23 September 1906, p. 9, col. 4

BOY KILLED BY STREET CAR

Steps on Track Directly in Front of the Approaching Car.

MOTHER PROSTRATED AND FATHER FAINTS

(From a Staff Correspondent.)
DES MOINES, Sept. 22. — (Special.) — Harry M. ALTENBURG, a 6-year-old boy, was almost instantly killed today at Seventeenth and Woodland by a street car running over him. He had been sent to the grocery on an errand by his mother and tried to cross the street in front of a car. Seeing his danger he stopped exactly in the middle of the track. Although the car was slowing up to stop at the farther side of the street the motorman was unable to get it stopped in time to save the boy. The car cut his legs off and crushed in the little fellow’s chest. The family live at 679 West Eighteenth street and the father, Henry ALTENBURG, a traveling man for the Dental Marshall company, was today in Iowa City. When informed of the accident by telegraph he fainted. The mother has been in the care of physicians ever since the accident. The parents are young people and the boy was their only child.