This post was contributed to the Crawford County Chapter of OGS by Kristina Stearley as part of the Florence Siefert Scrapbook in 2010.

The scrapbook is compiled from undated, unidentified newspaper clippings involving events in the lives of Crawford County citizens living in or having connections to New Washington, Tiro, Shelby, Sulphur Springs, Chatfield, Bucyrus, Ashland, Mansfield, and other areas. Only minimal spelling or punctuation corrections were made. Unreadable areas are shown by underlines, dots &/or question marks. This collection has been scanned, “optical character recognized” (OCR’d), proofed, then coded for HTML by volunteers of the Crawford County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Since the copies are not of the best quality errors may have been made. Please contact us if you find corrections needing to be made or can verify any missing dates which could be added.

Widow Bechtel, the victim, dies a few hours afterwards

Last Tuesday morning Mrs. Bechtel, aged 80 years, who resides about 1/2 mile east of this place, while crossing the N. W. O. railroad on Mansfield street was struck by the engine of the west-bound mail train due at this place at 7:22 a.m. The sharp signal for brakes arrested the attention of everybody in that vicinity and as a result quite a number were eye witnesses of the scene. From reliable authority we learn that Mrs. Bechtel was crossing the last rail when the engine struck her, throwing her about 5 feet in the air and a distance of about 25 feet. When picked up she was in an unconscious condition.

She was carried to the home of her son, John Bechtel, near by and a physician summoned. By examination it was soon discovered that she sustained fatal internal injuries, her side being badly bruised and one foot wounded. She lingered until 10 o’clock when death ended her earthly existence.
Funeral servIces were held from St. Bernard’s church yesterday and the remains interred in the Catholic cemetery north of town.