Seymour, IN area Man and Wife Killed by Train, Mar 1935

Seymour Daily Tribune; front page
Saturday 30 March 1935

Man and Wife Killed by Train
Husband Attempts to Save his Wife
Mr. and Mrs. George Brower Die Instantly as Engine
Hurls Them Off Trestle Into White River -
Companion Escapes -
Funeral Rites Sunday.

George Brower, age nineteen, and his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Brower, age twenty-three, were instantly killed about 4:30 o'clock Friday afternoon when they were struck by the engine of a south-bound Pennsylvania passenger train on the trestle over White River near Rockford.

Charles Reinbold and Mr. and Mrs. Brower had been picking wild greens and were walking back to Seymour. As they were crossing the railroad trestle young Reinbold said he saw the train coming behind them. He started running to a spot on the trestle where he could stand and let the train pass and called to his companions to get out of the path of the train.

Mr. and Mrs. Brower started running toward a place where they could be safe. Mr. Brower was just reaching the spot when he saw Mrs. Brower, running just a few feet away, stumble. Mr. Brower went to her rescue and the engine struck both of them, hurtling them into White River.

Both were evidently killed instantly. Rescuers reached Mrs. Brower a short time following the accident, but it was not until about 6 o'clock that Mr. Brower's body was located.

News of the tragedy spread through Seymour rapidly and a large number of people drove to Rockford shortly after the accident happened.

The young people were well known in this city. Mr. Brower was a graduate of Shields High School with the class of 1933. He made an excellent record while in high school and was popular among his classmates and the teachers. Mrs. Brower did not attend school here. She had lived in Freetown and was well known in that vicinty. She was a highly regarded young woman and news of her death came as a shock to her many friends.

E. M. Engleman of New Albany, fireman on the train which figured in the mishap, said the train was ten minutes late out of Columbus. It was due here at 4:25 o'clock and had been attempting to make up some of the lost time between here and Columbus. It was traveling at a comparatively high rate of speed as it approached the trestle and A. M. Crandall of Louisville, engineer, was unable to stop the train between the time he saw the people on the trestle and the time the train reached the spot where they were.

When the train was halted the engine was several feet past the trestle. E. O'Neal of Louisville was conductor.

Preperations were made this evening for an inquest, according to Deputy Coroner, S. F. Tower, who announced that witnesses would be questioned at his place, 315 North Walnut Street.

Mr. Brower was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis N. Brower. Two brothers and four sisters also survive. They are: James Crooke, of Seymour, Lawrence Henderson of Newcastle, Mrs. Hubert Corman, Mrs. Grice Hart, Mrs. Florence Thidd and Miss Juanita Brower of Seymour.

He was born August 1, 1915, in Seymour.

Mrs. Brower was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hatton and, in addition to the parents, is survived by two brothers, Howard and Robert Hatton, of Freetown; and two sisters, Mrs. ---on Lyons, of this city, and Mrs. Silas Deckard, of Linton, IN.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon from the First Baptist Church here, in charge of the Rev. A. A. Cohn and the Rev. W. C. Morris.

Burial in Riverview Cemtery.

Friends may call at the Voss Mortuary after 5 o'clock this afternoon.

Family links:
Parents:
Lewis Napoleon Brower (1862 - 1946)
Harriet Elizabeth Wayman McBride (1879 - 1952)

Spouse:
Dorothy Hatton Brower (1912 - 1935)*

Burial:
Riverview Cemetery
Seymour
Jackson County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Section AA, Grave 37

They were married on 22 September 1934

Find A Grave Memorial# 23669951 - George L. Brower
Find A Grave Memorial# 23669953 - Dorothy Hatton Brower