Oregon Obituaries - St. Johns Review - Feb 3, 1905

Killed By a Passing Train.

Mrs. Frank Batter, wife of the foreman at the Government station opposite St. Johns, was killed Friday afternoon of last week by a passing Northern Pacific train.   Mrs. Batter was returning from a neighbor's, where she had gone for milk.   Her husband and another man who were repairing a fence around the yard, saw her coming down the track, and they also saw the approaching train. Thinking, of course, she would get out of the way, they proceeded with their work, and were not looking that way when the unfortunate woman was run down.   The engineer of the train also claims he did not see her and did not sound any signal.

After a few minutes passed and Mrs. Batter did not appear at the house, her husband and his companion walked up the track and found the dead body lying along the right-of-wa-y.   Both legs were broken, one hip dislocated, and her skull crushed.   As there were no witnesses to the accident a post-mortem examination was deemed necessary to determine officially the manner of her death.

The funeral took place Tuesday from Finley's undertaking parlors in Portland.   Mr. and Mrs. Redburg, parents of the victim, and her three brothers, from Nestucca bay, were in attendance at the funeral.


Mrs. Bell, an old resident of St. Johns, died Monday in Albina, of a lingering illness.   She had quite a number of relatives here.

Source = St. Johns Review; Friday, Feb 3, 1905, Page 3 Columns 3 and 5