Saturday, December 03, 2016
Gottlieb Hahn Struck by Fast Train
GOTTLIEB HAHN DIES FROM ACCIDENT
Roberts Citizen Struck by Fast Train on Friday.
Roberts, Ill., Nov. 14. --Gottlieb Hahn of this place was struck by the fast north-bound passenger train on the Illinois Central R. R. Friday afternoon at the "south" crossing near his home, and he died as the result of his injuries on Saturday afternoon at 2:15 o'clock.
Mr. Hanh was on his way home from town and crossed the tracks just in front of the engine, but one of the rods hit him and he was thrown with great force against a switch lever at the side of the track. Dr. Colteaux was hurriedly called and it was found that four ribs had been fractured on one side and three on the other. His left elbow was mashed and it is believed that internal injuries had resulted from the blow which he received by the locomotive's coupling rod, which is located on the pilot.
Mrs. Robert Knilands is the only person who witnessed the horrible accident. Mr. Hahn was conscious most of the time after he received the fatal injuries and talked to the members of his family and friends.
His death was sad indeed and he leaves many sorrowing friends who extend sympathy to the bereaved relatives.
Gottleib Hahn was born in Altbire, Germany, Sept. 27, 1827, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Amelia Barnett, Nov. 11, 1916, aged 89 years, 1 month and 15 days. His parents passed away when he was very young, he being the last survivor of a family of six children. He made his home with his sisters in the fatherland till the age of 20. In 1847 he came to the United States, locating first in Hennepin, Putnum county, Illinois. In 1850 he was married to Mrs. Elizabeth Warner, widow of George Warner. By a former marriage Mrs. Hahn had five children, only two of whom survive, Mrs. Mary Woolsoncroft of Roberts and Mrs. Elizabeth Moore of Hartford, S.D. Unto the deceased and his wife were also born five children, two of whom survive, William and Mrs. Amelia Burnett of Roberts, Ill., three having precede him in death -- two dying in infancy, Anna C., Aug. 31, 1852, and Edward R., April 4, 1865. Conrad passed away Oct. 31, 1916. After his marriage he and his bride moved to a log house near Hennepin, Ill., its dimensions being 14 x 16 feet, where he lived for several years. He was engaged in farming in and around La Salle county, Ill., as a renter for nine years. At the expiration of that period he purchased a farm of 160 acres in Livingston county, on which he lived for thirteen years. He then retired and moved to Roberts, where he spent his declining years. Here his wife died in Jan. 28, 1911. Mr. Hahn was baptized in the Lutheran faith, but on coming to Roberts he united with the Congregational church, where he remained a faithful and consistent member until the time of his death. After the death of his wife he made his home with his children in Roberts. Mr. Hahn had voted with the Republican party since becoming a naturalized American citizen, having cast his vote on Tuesday preceding his death. He leaves to mourn his loss besides the children already mentioned, twenty-six grandchildren, forty-two great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren, besides a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Nov. 13, 1916, at 2 o'clock at the Congregational church, Rev. W.B. Milne of Clifton officiating, assisted by Rev. D. G. Du Bois of the M.E. church, Interment in Lyman cemetery. W. W. Campbell, Wm. Wakelin, Wm. Seng, H. Netherton, R. B. Chambers and Fred Dodd acted as pall bearers. Those who attended the funeral from a distance were Mrs. Mary Kerchenfaut of Omemee, N.D.; David Warner of Normal, Ill,; Mrs. Elizabeth More and C. C. Ewing of Hartford, S.D., Harry Moore of Pontiac, Ill.; William, Jessie, Clyde and Homer Hahn, Mrs. Frances Hahn and Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Keene of Momence, Ill.; Harold Turney of Gibson City; Dr. G. V. Woolsoncroft of Cissna Park; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Hahn of Piper City; Richard Hahn of Chatsworth, and Mr. and Mrs. William Scott of Gilman.
--Paxton Record. 16 November 1916.