Elmer Bright Killed
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Elmer Bright, one of the trainmen on the Milwaukee was killed at Templeton Monday afternoon. He was braking for conductor John Coakley, and went in to make a coupling, and in some way was squeezed so hard that he died in a few minutes. The deceased had only been on the road about 69 days, but in that time his good qualities had become known to his conductor and to the officials, so that he was regarded as an exceptionally capable and worthy young man. Trainmaster Morrison sad he was a splendid young man, and his good habits and general demeanor had attracted his attention more than it ordinarily does.
His widowed mother lives at Pacific Junction where the remains were taken on Tuesday for interment.
The Chief-Reporter Thursday 2 November 1899 p. 4
Hobert Elmer Bright was a member of Success Lodge No. 135 Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen of Omaha, Nebr, whose members took charge of and buried him with the ritual rite of the brotherhood, he being a policyholder in said order for $1200 and one of $500 in the Pacific Mutual of SanFrancisco, Cal., both payable to his mother.
In loving remembrance of our son and brother H.E. Bright who was killed by the cars at Templeton, IA October 30th while performing his duties as a brakeman.
Oh! when the day on which he died
Comes circling around thro all the years,
I can but think how lone and wide,
How cold and dark the world appears.
How oft at midnight hour I think of him
And when at morn I raise my weary head,
I wake to the sad remembrance that my son,
My loved, my darling boy is dead.
By his Mother.
When I am dead who will miss me?
When the bell has ceased to toll.
Will my memory still be cherished
As the years will onward roll?
Is there one that still will linger
Near the spot where I am laid.
And will come and scatter flowers
O'er the grave that death has made?
By his brothers and sisters.
Beloved and admired by all who knew him he was never known to shirk his duty and by the faithful performance of such he was compelled to give up his life. He has left kind friends and relaties who will over greatfully remember his stirling qualities of mind and heart. He has turned his last brake wheel; he sleeps his last sleep; no earthly power shall wake him to duty again.
The Opinion-Tribune Thursday 9 November 1899 p.7
EDITOR OPINION: - In the death of our son, H.E. Bright, who was killed at Templeton,Iowa and brought home to Pacific Junction for interment. We return many thanks to the many neighbors and friends who gathered to sympathize with the living and pay their last tribute of respects to the dead. Mr and Mrs R.E. McDonald, Pacific Junction, Iowa
The Opinion-Tribune Thursday 9 November, 1899