Dan Tobias, whose home was on Kiowa Creek 7 miles north of Protection, was killed on last Sunday near Bluff City, Harper-co., by the explosion of the boiler of a traction engine. About ten days ago Mr. Tobias went to Bluff City after a threshing machine outfit which he owned. The engine had been steamed up for the purpose of hauling the separator to Bluff City where the outfit was to have been loaded on the cars for shipment to this county. The engineer, John Huddleson of Ottawa, Kans., was on the engine and Mr. Tobias was standing on the ground near by when the explosion occurred. The engineer, also, was fatally injured. Mr. Tobias's body was fearfully mangled by the explosion. He lived only a few hours, dying at 7 p.m. on Sunday. The engine had not been in use for two years and was therefore, in bad repairs. A telegram was sent on Sunday evening to the family in this county, but it failed to reach Mrs. Tobias in time for her to catch the east-bound train on Monday morning, but on Tuesday morning she and the children went to Bluff City to attend the funeral. Mr. Tobias's home was, for several years, near Bluff City, and for that reason burial took place there.
Daniel Tobias was born in Dauphine-co., Penn., in February, 1859, and was, therefore, a little over 46 years of age at the time of his death. He moved from Pennsylvania to Harper-co., Kans., where he lived for about 7 years. Nearly 3 years ago he bought quite a tract of land on Kiowa Creek in this county. He made some substantial improvements thereon and moved to his new home with his family. He had a nice home, prospering and had begun in many ways to reap the reward of his years of industry and perseverance. He was a hard working and honest man, a faithful husband and a good citizen. The blow was a severe one to the family and to them the sincere sympathy of all is extended. A wife, one son and three daughters survive the husband and father.
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