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Fred Diehl

Fred Diehl Sustains Injuries That Proved Fatal.
Hurled Violently Against a Railway Gate Post.
Michigan City Dispatch.

Fred Diehl, a well known farmer, residing 3 miles southwest of this city in Porter county, received fatal injuries in a runaway accident Wednesday morning at about 7 o'clock. The accident occurred on Chicago street. Mr. Diehl was driving into the city in a single rig, and at a point half-way between the Hitchcock chair factory and the railroad crossing the horse shied at a bicycle rider going to his work at the chair factory. It shied again at some cars on the opposite side of the street. Mr. Diehl was unable to control the horse and it ran rapidly down the street toward the crossing. A sidetrack runs along the west side of the street about a block's distance, crossing the Green street approach to the Chicago street crossing, and the horse ran along the sidetrack, on which the buggy bounded and rattled, frightening the horse into still greater speed.

When the horse arrived at the crossing the buggy dashed into a gate post and became detached from the runaway animal. Some of the spectators say that the impact threw Mr. Diehl forward against the post with such violence that he rebounded prostrate into the buggy. Mr. Diehl was unconscious when persons who witnessed the accident went to his assistance. He was taken to the cane seating works and made as comfortable as possible until a physician, who was immediately summoned, arrived to dress his wounds.

Dr. H. W. Wilson responded to the summons and dressed Mr. Diehl's wounds. The only visible injuries were two long cuts on the head, but the symptoms indicated a fracture at the base of the skull. Mr. Diehl bled freely from the wounds and from his nose, moth and ears. As soon as his wounds were dressed Mr. Diehl was placed on a stretcher and conveyed to his home with a livery rig by Bis Neimer and Fred Frank. Mr. Diehl was conscious during the trip, but dazed. He arrived at his home about 10 o'clock, where he soon lapsed into unconsciousness and died at 11 o'clock.

Mr. Diehl was 81 years old and had long been a resident of Porter county. He was an upright and progressive citizen and his death will be regretted by his large circle of friends and acquaintances. He leaves a widow and family of grown children.

The funeral is set for Friday, May 13, at 2 p. m., from the Furnessville church.

Newspaper: The Chesterton Tribune
Date of Publication: May 14, 1898
Volume Number: 15
Issue Number: 5
Page: 1
Column(s): 4

Key to Newspaper Publication Locations:
    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

    Newspapers Published in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

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