Columbus, IN Reuben Trigg Run Over by Cars, Aug 1889

The Madison Daily Herald newspaper, Madison, IN
26 August 1889

FRIGHTFULLY MANGLED

Reuben TRIGG is Run Over by Cars at Columbus and Killed

Columbus was the scene at an early hour this morning of a frightful railroad accident, which resulted in the death of Reuben TRIGG, second son of Mr. Oscar Trigg, the well-known carpenter of this city.

The telegram bearing this sad news was received by the parents who but a week ago bade their boy good-bye. No particulars were given beyond the simple statement that he had been run over by the cars.

The remains were brought in on the noon train and from Conductor Hull a Herald reporter learned the following:

TRIGG had been on the Cambridge City branch, but upon his arrival at Columbus this morning was ordered on a gravel train of seven cars to be loaded at the bank ten squares from the Depot. The engine was pushing and TRIGG had taken a position on the forward car. At California Street cattle were noticed on the track ahead and TRIGG signaled the engineer who at once applied the air brakes. The sudden check precipitated him to the track directly in front of the wheels and the seven cars passed over him at the waist, almost cutting him in two and causing instant death. The face was but little bruised. The remains were prepared at once for shipment to this city.

The poor fellow had been in the employ of J. M. & I. Co. but a few weeks, having resigned a position on the Illinois Central in order to secure employment nearer home. Prior to going to Columbus he spent a week with his parents in this city and was urged by them not to return to railroad life.

He was in his 22nd year, was everybody's friend and his sad death is sincerely mourned.

The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the family residence, corner of Plum and Main streets. The Son of Veterans, of which he was a member, will attend in a body. The burial will be at Springdale.

Reuben John TRIGG
Find A Grave Memorial# 71306516