Sheboygan, WI runaway accident, June 1910


Thrown from His Rig on South Eighth Street on Friday Afternoon Receiving Fractured Skull --- Pioneer of County

A runaway accident near the corner of South Eighth street and New Jersey Avenue Friday afternoon resulted in the death of Jacob Brasser residing a mile and a half south of the Six corners and his wife and daughter Miss Hattie, occupants of the rig had a narrow escape from being killed.

Mr. and Mrs. Brasser and daughter were driving south on Eighth street and when near the corner of Pennsylvania avenue and South Eighth street the horse shied at the inter-urban car which wa about to start out on the schedule time 3.42. Mr. Brasser easily managed the animal and nothing further transpired to cause alarm until the car passed them near the post office, when the horse resumed its wild tactics and started to run. About this time the bit broke and the animal thrashed into the curbing throwing all of the occupants out. Mr. Brasser struck the pavement sustaining injuries to his head which caused his death at 3.40 this morning at St Nicholas hospital. In hopes of saving his life he was operated upon at an early hour this morning but the injury in the nature of a fractured skull was of such a serious nature that all hope was past.\


When the occupants were thrown out Mrs. Brasser received a blow near the temple in falling which with a little more force would have caused serious if not fatal injuries. The daugher also sustained a gash over one eye and injuries to her chin besides several bruises about the body.


Mrs. Brasser was seen by a Press representative at 7 o'clock this morning just previous to leaving for her home and gave the following story:

"We had completed our shopping at the H.C. Prange Store and were going home when the accident occurred. The horse has always been gentle but yesterday but yesterday the cars seemed to frighten it and at Pennsylvania Avenue the large inter-urban car caused the horse to prance about but nothing was thought of this. As we were going down the hill just beyond the post office the car passed us and all of a sudden the horse commenced jumping and then started to tear down the street. About this time the bit broke and the horse went toward the sidewalk, all of us being thrown out. Mr. Brasser must have struck the telephone pole or curbing as all his injuries were to his head. The whole thing took place so sudden."


When Lieutenant Jacobs arrived with the ambulance Mr. Brasser was seated on the ground near the curbing and was assisted into the ambulance. He conversed freely and while he complained of severe pains in the head his condition did not seem alarming. Just before reaching the hospital he vomited giving some alarm and indicated that he was more severely injured than at first thought. He walked into the hospital however. Up to that time it seemed that the daughter was the most severely injured. She had a gash over the eye, an injury to the chin and complained of pains about the body. When the physicians arrived at the hospital and made an examination it was found that Mr. Brasser was suffering from an injury to the skull, and had bad bruises about the body. During the early portion of the night he continued to grow worse and finally in hopes of saving his life an operation was resorted to.


When the bit broke, making it impossible for Mr. Brasser to longer control the animal, one of the wheels caught in the car track and was torn off, the hub striking the pavement and throwing out the occupants, Mr. and Mrs. Brasser and their daughter.


The remains of Mr. Brasser were removed to the S.D. Hanchett Undertaking parlors early this morning and the body prepared for burial. Sunday morning the remains will be transferred to his late home in the town of Holland. The funeral will be held from the house at 11 A. M. Tuesday and from the Holland Reform church at St. George at 12.30 with interment in the near by cemetery.

Mr. Brasser was born in Rochester, New York and came to Sheboygan county with his parents when three years of age, just 56 years ago. He grew to manhood in this county and has followed the occupation of a farmer and was highly esteemed in the community in which he lived. Besides a widow he is survived by six children, Benjamin, Henrietta, Lena, Emma, Ruby and Lewis, all at home. He is also survived by one brother Edwin, a resident of this county and four sisters residing away from home.


The tragic death of Mr. Brasser has caused sadness in the community in which he lived and where he was highly esteemed. He was a man who lived for his home and there he will be missed by an affectionate wife and loving children. Death always causes a sting but when a man in the prime of life is called home, the summons coming without warning, it is a severe shock to those surviving. The Press joins with the many friends of the family in extending words of sympathy in this hour of their deep affliction.

Sheboygan Daily Press, Sheboygan, WI 25 June 1910