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    Cambria Freeman, 27 Jan 1905, Contributed by Patty Millich

Killed at Portage

Portage, Jan. 23 -- While walking on the PRR tracks between this place and Wilmore about 7:30 o'clock last evening, Fred Etienne, the eighteen-year-old son of James Etienne, a prominent resident of Portage, was run down by passenger train No. 18 and instantly killed. The head was completely severed from the body and tossed about twenty feet into the ditch at the lower side of the tracks.

Etienne and four companions set out about 7 o'clock to visit some friends in Wilmore. About a quarter of a mile from the local station they noticed a freight moving eastward on No. 1 track and another going west on No. 3. Instead of following his companions, who made their way to the embankment at the upper side of the roadbed, young Etienne stepped onto No. 2 track directly in front of No. 18 which had approached entirely unnoticed. When picked up by the horrified spectators a few moments later, the remains were found to be dreadfully mutilated. Besides the severance of the head already noted, a bone was broken in every limb.

The body was prepared for burial at John Tickerhoof's establishment and later taken to the home of his parents. The unfortunate young man was unmarried and an employee of the Portage Coal Mining Company. His parents are French born and very well to do.

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