Fraser, MI Auto And Train Crash, Oct 1915

SEVEN OF FAMILY GO TO DEATH IN CRASH.

FRIGHTFUL AUTO ACCIDENT AT FRASER, MICH., LEAVES FATHER ALONE.

Detroit, Mich., Oct. 25. - Seven members of one family were instantly killed and an eighth probably fatally injured yesterday by a Grand Trunk passenger train which struck an automobile at Fraser, Mich., sixteen miles from Detroit.
Those killed were:
MRS. RACHEL STOLDT, aged 47, of Troy, Mich., mother of the children.
MISS MIINNIE ENGEL, aged, 47, Romeo, sister of MRS. STOLDT.
PEARL STOLDT, aged 17.
ESTHER STOLDT, aged 15.
HAZEL STOLDT, aged 12.
MABEL STOLDT, aged 10.
MARTHA STOLDT, aged 6.

Father Not Told Of Fate.
WILLIAM STOLDT, a farmer, the husband and father, was badly mangled. He has broken shoulder, a fractured collar bone and his ribs are crushed. He had a few moments of consciousness in the afternoon and stated that he could not remember what hit him or how and begged to be told of his family. It is thought that he cannot recover and he was not informed of their fate.
The automobile was crossing the tracks in the railroad yard north of the station when struck by passenger train No. 18. There were no witnesses to the tragedy excepting the train crew.

Thought Train Would Stop?
There are two crossings at Fraser station, one about 100 yards south of the depot and the other 200 yards north. It was at the latter point where the accident happened.
On the corner west of the tracks and toward the station from the road is a house and a grove of trees. The train approaching from the south is not scheduled to stop at Fraser. Persons in the vicinity say the whistle was sounded for the crossing. STOLDT, if he saw the train coming, probably thought that it would stop at the station.

The Fort Wayne Sentinel Indiana 1915-10-25