Frank Y. Carrier

Male - 1903


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Met A Horrible Death

The Evening Kansan-Republican, Wednesday December 15, 1903.

Frank Carrier Crushed Under Wheels of No 405

In Some Way Unknown the Unfortunate Young Man Fell Under the Cars and Was Ground to Death

Frank Carrier, a well known young man of Newton, met an awful death late yesterday afternoon on the Santa Fe railroad tracks south of Newton. The exact manner of his death will probably never be known, further than that he was ground to death under the wheels of the first section of train No. 405.

The first news of the deplorable affair reached town in the form of a telephone message to the county coroner, Dr. F. L. Abbey, from Fritz Hassler, who lives in a house about a half mile from the scene of the acident. Mr. Hassler informed the sheriff that a man had been run over by a train and that the body was lying just below the carriage factory. With Sheriff Masters, the coroner drove promptly to the place indicated in this general way and a search was made for the body. The head, completely severed from the body, was found lying in the middle of the track about half a mile south of the carriage factory. Further on small parts of clothing were picked up in the road bed showing that the body had been dragged for some distance. About fifty yards from the head the body was found, lying on the east side of the track about two feet from the rails. The lower part of the face was badly crushed. The wheels had evidently passed over the middle part of the body and also the feet, one foot being completely severed from the body.

A farmer who was passing with a wagon was summoned and he agreed to haul the body to town. The mangled remains were placed in this vehicle and taken to Duff’s undertaking parlors where the identity of the unfortunate young man first became known. The relatives were promptly notified of the awful affair and the word was broken as gently as possible to the aged mother who was almost prostrated by the terrible tidings.

The circumstances attending the death of the young man were hardly such as to warrant the holding of an inquest, it being very evident that the tragic affair was the result of an accident. Mr. Carrier’s friends had heard him remark during the day that he expected to go to Wichita yesterday afternoon and he was seen at the station by friends just before No. 405 pulled out.

The deceased was a son of Mrs. Mary Carrier and lived with his mother on East Eleventh street. His brother, George Carrier, lives in Newton and is a stone mason by trade. The young man was a cook and had been employed in various Newton restaurants. He was well liked by his associates and friends, who speak in high terms of his generosity and other good qualities.

He enlisted in Company D, Second Infantry, Kansas National Guard, July 21, 1902 as cook and served faithfully in that capacity to the satisfaction of his comrades and his superiors. He was with the company at both tours of duty at Fort Riley, and did his work faithfully and well. His death will be sincerely mourned by his friends who will sympathize deeply with the bereaved relatives.

The body was taken from the undertaking parlors to the home of the sister, Mrs. Ed Homiston, at No. 626 East South Second Street where the funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 o’clock. Rev. L. M. Wiles of the Christian Church will officiate. The deceased leaves a mother, Mrs. Lydia Carrier, three brothers: George, of Newton; John and Murven of Strong City; and one sister, Mrs. Ed Homiston of Newton. He was twenty-six years of age.

LATER: It has been learned from persons who saw and talked with Mr. Carrier at the Santa Fe station yesterday afternoon that the unfortunate young man boarded No. 405 at the station. He was seen standing on the platform of a car when the train pulled out, and there now seems to be very little doubt that he lost his balance and fell from theplatform down under the wheels.

(The Evening Kansan-Republican, Wednesday December 15, 1903. Page 1.)

Owner/SourceHarvey County Genealogical Society
Date15 Dec 1903
Linked toFrank Y. Carrier

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