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Thomas T Brooks
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Birth: Nov. 11, 1819
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 4, 1890
Dickinson County
Iowa, USA

Husband of Saloma (?) Brooks. Father of Lucy (Brooks) Arms

Thomas Brooks - A Fatal Collision

Thomas Brooks met a fatal end at the Hotel Orleans Tuesday evening. Driving toward his home in Loon Lake Tuesday Evening, his team became frightened at the west-bound 6:20 train. It was not according to orders to stop at the Hotel, although the speed slackened considerably as it approached the little pavilion. The team pulled away in seeming disregard of Mr. Brook's effort to check them, and in less time than it takes to tell dashed from the bridge, across the little channel to the crossing east of the platform and plunged head long into the locomotive. The train was stopped as soon as possible and it was found the old gentleman had lost a leg and had been seriously injured in various ways. One horse was killed, the other badly injured and the vehicle was a wreck.

Why the team left their course, which alongside and not across, and rushed into the train seems unaccountable, but the theory that the left line broke and the driver pulled the remaining one is the most plausible. County reporter Wood and Lon Mayne were the only witnesses to the accident.

Mr. Brooks was brought to town and taken to the Crandall, where he was given good care and kindly treatment. He lived between two and three hours, all while probably unconscious. His family was sent for and the remains taken home Wednesday morning.

There does not seem to be any good grounds for a charge of negligence on the part of the trainmen. Such a collision could not have been anticipated until the locomotive was within less than two rods of the team. The alarm was properly given. Indeed, this was what startled the horses. It is thought that a blind horse in the team made matters worse. The railway gave the unfortunate man all the attention possible and paid all expenses of treatment, care and burial.

Thomas Brooks for more than 20 years lived just across the state line. He was all these years known to many of our people and was very kindly regarded. A wife is said to be his only remaining relative. He was 71 years of age.

Spirit Lake Beacon, 7 Nov 1890

Notes: Thomas was probably the son of Thomas Alva Brooks and his wife, Lucretia "Ruth" Beebe. It's possible Euphemia Brooks, wife of Isaac C. Waite, also buried at Loon Lake is a sister. Ruth Brooks Rathburn, daughter of Horace H. Brooks, buried in Spirit Lake may be a niece. 53506580
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  Soloma Allen Brooks (1823 - 1893)
  Lucy M Brooks Arms (1852 - 1872)*
*Calculated relationship
Loon Lake Cemetery
Jackson County
Minnesota, USA
Maintained by: Chris Klauer
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Record added: Jul 31, 2008
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Thomas T Brooks
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Thomas T Brooks
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