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Killed By The Cars

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Parent Issue
Day
4
Month
September
Year
1891
Copyright
Public Domain
OCR Text

How quickly the breath of life may be extinguished. A second and it is gone and a man strong in life is no more. As the north bound passenger train on the Todo, Ann Arbor and North Michigan road was pulling out of the Ann Arbor depot yesterday morning at 7:40 standard, John M. Kearney, of Pinckney, Mich., attempted to board it. He had been standing on the platform talking and as the train started he ran forward and attempted to catch the smoking car, which by the time he reached it had got in motion. As his left foot struck the step it slipped off and he feil under the steps. The first truck passed over his right leg cutting it off below the knee. He was seen to raise himself as on his hands when the axle-box of the second truck on the car struck his head crushing the skull and squeezing his body between the car and the platform. The car moved only a car's length, Baggage-Master John Conly had turned around just in time to see Kearney f all, ten feet from him,' and instantly signaled the train to stop. Kearney was taken from under the rear steps of the car and carried into the baggage room. He uttered no sound. It is said that he was seen to give one gasp while being removed. The vital spark of life had fled. Brakeman Frank Rinehart was on the platform and as he saw the man falling strived to grasp him. Rinehart has but one good arm, and had he two, the accident was so quick and unexpected that it is improb-' able he could have saved Kearney. Why Kearney ran by one or two coaches before attempting to get on is unexplained. Mr. Kearney was a man between sixty and sixty-five years of age. He had been in this city since Wednesday morning canvassing for a life of John Boyle O'Reilley. He leaves a wife, three daughters and two sons, all of his children being married. His wife lived with him in Pinckney. His two sons are Emmett, who resides in Dakota, and Edward, who lives in Minnesota. His daughters are Mrs. Fred Meivin, of Howell,' Mrs. Brown and Mrs. McKeever, of Iowa. His wife's maiden name was Gilshannon andshe formerly resided in this city. Mr. Kearney had been justice of the peace at Pinckney. He was also formerly marshal there and at the time of his death was a deputy-sheriff for Livingston county. He sold mowers and agricultural implements at one time and at another time sold fruit trees. Coroner Martin Clark empaneled a jury consisting of Ambrose Kearney, Amos Corey, George Brown, W. Fred Schlanderer, Frank O'Hearn, Wm. Sanders, whlch viewed the body and adjourned until Saturday, so that Mr. Sawyer might be present on behalf of the Toledo road. Thos. P. ;Kearney, Esq. has been retained, to look after the interests of the family.