Jun. 28, 1908 Cape Girardeau Cape Girardeau County Missouri, USA
May 20, 1925 Cape Girardeau Cape Girardeau County Missouri, USA
Son of William and Dora Crites Briggen.
Article printed in the Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau, MO, Wednesday, May 20, 1925, Vol 23, No 192, Pg 1; "Youth Falls To His Death From Silo Top --- John E. Briggen, 16, Expires on the Way to Cape Hospital --- Critically injured when he fell from the roof of a "new" silo at Marquette Cement Plant shortly before midnight Tuesday, John E. Briggen, 16, son of William Briggen of 722 Meriwether street, died in an ambulance as he was being taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital. Briggen had been employed as a laborer at the cement plant for about a year. The youth, who was a member of the night shift, was found sleeping on the roof a a silo by a fellow employee about 11 o'clock and was warned of the danger of sleeping in such a dangerous position. A half hour later an employee at work in the pump room beneath the silo, which towers about 35 feet, heart something crash to the roof and then roll off and hit the ground. Rushing out he found young Briggen unconscious and bleeding profusely about the head. A physician summoned found the youth had suffered a critical fracture of the skull and a broken left arm. He died befoe he could be gotten to a hospital for treatment. Accendent Not Seen. It is not known whether Briggen fell asleep again after he had been warned by his fellow employee or whether he slipped from the roof while awake. His partly consumed lunch, found later on the roof of the silo, seemed to indicate that he had slipped while eating in his precarious position. Briggen, who lived with his father at the Merriwether street adress, was widely-known and liked by the men at the plant. His father is employed as a blacksmith by the Frisco railroad at Chaffee. Young Briggen is the second member of his family to be killed at the cement plant. Several years ago his grandfather, William Briggen, an employee, also died of injuries suffered while at work there. The boy is survived by his father and a step-mother and two brothers-..., both of whom life at home. Short funeral services will be held at home at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Buril will be at St. Mary's Cemetery."
Article printed in the Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau, MO, Thursday Evening, May 21, 1925, Vol 23, No 193, Pg 1; "Funeral Services Held for Youth Who Fell to His Death --- Funeral services were held this afternoon for John E. Briggen, 16-year old employe of the Marquette Cement Co., who was killed shortly before midnight Tuesday when he fell from the roof of a silo at the company's local plant in South Cape Girardeau. The services, which were held at the home of the youth's father, William Briggen of 722 Meriwether street, were conducted by the Rev. C.H. Morton of First Presbyterian Church. Burial was at St. Mary's Cemetery. It is believe that the young man fell to his death while sleeping or eating on the roof of the silo, a position that he had been warned against by a fellow employee shortly before. He died in an ambulance in which he was being taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital. The accident recalled the death of the boy's grandfather, William Briggen, who also was fatally injured while working at the cement plant serveral years ago. Briggen is survived by his father and step-mother and two younger brothers-...."