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Fred O'Connor

Fred O'Connor, a former well known Valparaiso boy, died in New Mexico early last week, of consumption. The remains were brought to Valparaiso for interment, arriving there Saturday. The body was taken to the home of M. W. Long, and the funeral held Sunday afternoon. The Pennsylvania road ran two special trains to the funeral, one from Fort Wayne, and one from Chicago, for the accomodation of railroad men who were old friends of the deceased. O'Connor was a telegraph operator, who learned under Bob Walsh at the Fort Wayne depot Valparaiso. He was promoted to the position of train dispatcher, during the World's Fair, and near the close of the Fair, through an error allowed two passenger trains to come together at Colehour, killing a dozen people. O'Connor fled, and went to New Mexico. The awful accident weighed upon his mind so heavily that his hair turned snow white, and he became prematurely an old man. Grief over his mistake is said to have brought on quick consumption. He was a bright young man, with hosts of friends all along the western division of the Fort Wayne road, and his sad end is sincerely regretted by all who knew him.

Newspaper: The Westchester Tribune
Date of Publication: October 2, 1897
Volume Number: 14
Issue Number: 25
Page: 5
Column(s): 2

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