|Birth: ||Apr. 28, 1893|
|Death: ||Jan. 21, 1917|
Frank Hyrup, a well known young man of this city, was instantly killed at about 5 o'clock Sunday morning at Papineau, by being struck by No. 26, a fast north bound train. A party composed of Will S. Hupp, Frank Jensen, Jesse Wehr, Alfred Engleking, Fred Nelson, Robert Hart and Frank Hyrup, drove to Papineau to attend a dance. The machine went wrong and the party decided to take a train home and return for the machine at some future time. The men intended to return on a later train, but were informed by the station agent and the night police that they could flag the earlier train and thus return home hours earlier. The night watchman furnished them with a lantern with which to flag the train. Just before the passenger reached the station a freight train south bound passed the depot. Some of the party had crossed over to the east side of the tracks in order to board the north bound train when it stopped. As soon as the freight had passed, Nelson crossed the tracks, but discovered that the train was not going to stop. Hyrup, who was behind him, was not so fortunate and just as he was stepping on the platform was struck by the pilot bar of the on rushing train. The unfortunate man was carried about one hundred feet and thrown to the east side of the track. Nelson was standing so close to Hyrup when struck, that he was spattered with blood. As soon as the train had passed Nelson called to the other members of the party and went at once to Hyrup, but he was dead when reached. His neck was broken and evidently suffered other internal injuries and death was instantaneous.
The remains were taken to the depot and the coroner of Iroquois county notified. He arrived from Watseka a short time later and an inquest held and the facts brought out were as stated above. Fred Nelsen, who had the lantern and attempted to signal the train to stop, says the engineer either did not see the signal or did not hear it as the train did not slacken its speed, neither did it stop after the accident. The night watchman also assisted in signaling the train with a large, flash light. The party notified the Momence relatives of the terrible accident and remained until after the inquest and accompanied the remains to this city, arriving here at 11:40 Sunday afternoon. Owing to the illness of J. E. Melby, Undertaker Hubble of Grant Park, went to Papineau and took charge of the remains, which on arrival were taken to the Melby undertaking rooms.
The news of the terrible accident cast a shadow of sadness among the friends of the unfortunate man. He was nearly 24 years of age and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hyrup. He was born in Limestone township on April 28, 1893, and came to Momence when a small boy where he has lived almost continuously. He was in the employ of Thos. Nichols for about two years and last spring went to South Dakota. He returned last fall when his father met with an accident and remained with his mother while his father was in the hospital. Late last fall he entered the employ of the C. and E.I. in the yards here. The deceased was of a happy, genial disposition and made friends on every hand. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.
Besides his parents, he leaves two brothers, Chris and Albert, and three sisters, Mrs. Hilton Shrontz, Mrs. Rose Sherman of Crown Point, Ind. and Miss Sina. Those from out of town who at¬tended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Chris Peterson and Jens Peterson of DeKalb. Mrs. J. Yocum and daughter of Joliet, Mrs. John Smith and son of Chebanse. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon and was largely attended. Short services were held at the home, after which the regular services were held at Danish Lutheran church, Rev. Fechtenberg of Kankakee officiating. Members of the Moose lodge acted as pallbearers and also attended the funeral in a body. The interment was at Mt. Airy cemetery. The accident was one of the most distressing ones which has occurred in this section for some time and the bereaved relatives have the sympathy of the entire community.
--added by Andrew Smith
Paul Jensen Hyrup (1859 - 1950)
Anne Christina Petersen Hyrup (1865 - 1932)
Mount Airy Cemetery
Created by: Andrew J
Record added: Feb 25, 2010
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