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James A. Peterson
FELL FROM HIS ENGINE.
Engineer James A. Peterson is Instantly Killed.
James A. Peterson, one of the oldest engineers on the Lake shore road met an instant death last Sunday afternoon two miles west of Dune Park, by falling from his train. Mr. Peterson had charge of the fourth section of train No. 72, east bound, and was running at the rate of 25 miles an hour. He stepped through his cab window out onto the running board to oil the engine, and walked around the engine to the left side and stood on the steam chest when he slipped and to save himself from falling under the wheels he jumped off the train, striking the ground on his feet. The fireman witnessed the accident and brought the train to a stop as soon as possible and the train crew ran back to find the man, who was dead when they arrived. He was placed on the train and taken to Dune Park and was brought from there to Chesterton on the afternoon passenger train, and taken to J. B. Lundberg's undertaking rooms. Coroner Ketchum was notified and came here Monday morning to hold an inquest, and found that death was caused by the rupture of a blood vessel, causing instant death.
Mr. Peterson was born and raised in Laporte county, and at the time of his death was 54 years old. The remains were taken to Elkhart Monday on the noon train. The deceased leaves a wife to mourn his loss. Mr. Peterson was well known here and has many friends among the railroad men of this division.
Newspaper: The Chesterton Tribune
Date of Publication: February 18, 1899
Volume Number: 15
Issue Number: 45
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