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The Western Star, September 3, 1887.


Within the past six weeks Coldwater has been the scene of three fatal accidents. The first was occasioned from a runaway buggy and the second from the kick of a mule, the particulars of which have already been published in the STAR. The last accident occurred on Friday evening of last week, about 7:30 o'clock to Fred Winkler, an employee of the C. K. & W railroad. He was riding on a flat car and when the train reached this side of Calvary acres bridge, the engineer, wishing to stop the train turned on the air brakes with such force as to jerk Winkler from the car on which he was riding. In the sudden fall he was caught in the frame work about the wheel and dragged along the track some distance, mangling his right leg and inflicting internal injuries from which he died the following morning. He was brought to the depot and medical assistance summoned but it proved of no avail. He was buried here on Saturday among strangers. Winkler is lately from Germany and the only relative he had on this side of the waters is a brother who resides in St. Louis.

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