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Benjamin Fifield

CRISMAN, Ind. -- On Monday morning of this week Benjamin Fifield, accompanied by his grandchild "Bennie" (about four years old) son of Eugene and Maggie Fifield, brought his usual shipment of milk to Crisman. After putting the milk on the milk stand he drove north to the Calumet marsh to look after some stock. Arriving on the marsh he tied his horses to a fence and leaving his grandchild in the wagon with the usual injunction to "be careful," started across the marsh to look after his stock; but in the meantime the little fellow is supposed to have untied the team, tied up the hitching straps, turned the horses around, and started homeward. On crossing the B. & O. track the wagon was struck by the B. & O. fast train with such force as to tear the wagon loose from the horses carrying it on the pilot a long distance before the train could be stopped. The train was brought to a stop as soon as possible in order to see what damage had been done. Besides the wagon they found the lifeless remains of the child on the pilot. The body was taken by the train to Willow Creek, one half mile west of the place of accident, where it was found and removed to the home of those who loved it best. Mr. Fifield, after having seen his cattle returned to his team only to find them gone; excitedly he hurried on after the boy, fearful that some accident might befal him regardless of the gentleness of the horses, but little expecting that when he would overtake him to find him a corpse. What possessed the child to do so we will not never know, but that it was a freak of childhood cannot be doubted. No one is to blame so far as we can learn. The afflicted ones have the whole heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.

[We understand that an inquest will be held at Woodville Saturday, Sept. 19th, and that the Coroner has supoenaed the conductor, engineer and fireman of the train above alluded to. -- Ed.]

Newspaper: The Tribune
Date of Publication: September 18, 1891
Volume Number: 8
Issue Number: 23
Page: 1
Column(s): 2

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    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

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                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
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