Prominent Blakesburg Residents Sustain Cuts and Bruises When Train Hits Auto Near Cedar.
Struck by a Northwestern switch engine near Iowa Junction, four miles southwest of Cedar, as they were crossing the tracks in an automobile about 10:30 last night, Henry Fritz and family of Blakesburg were seriously injured in the crash that followed. Their escape from death is nothing short of miraculous as the automobile was strewn along the track, a pile of debris. Mrs. Henry Fritz was perhaps the most badly injured of the company, receiving a broken shoulder and several bad cuts in the face. For a time she lay unconscious and it was thought that she had been killed. Her son Earl Fritz, sustained the fracture of his collar bone and his left arm. Mr. and Mrs. William Wright Barnes, parents of Mrs. Fritz were also painfully injured, the former suffering a terrible blow upon his hip that paralyzed the member. Mrs. Barnes was badly cut about the head, shoulders and arm. Mr. Fritz is badly bruised. The party was returning from the State Fair and took the wrong road at Cedar. The switch engine was backing down the hill from pushing a train up and Mr. Fritz states it had no tail light and did not whistle or ring the bell. Coming from behind a cornfield at this crossing the engine was not visible and the occupants of the auto did not know of its presence until they were struck. It hurled them all into a muddled mass in the ditch eight feet below. Dr. D. C. Brockman was hurried to the scene in the automobile of F. H. Reno and attended the injured. They were taken to their home in Blakesburg this morning where they are now doing nicely. It is thought that their injuries will not prove to be more serious.
"Wright Barnes Died Yesterday" Saturday, 23 September 1911, page 6, columns 1-2, WRIGHT BARNES DIED YESTERDAY WELL KNOWN RESIDENT OF BLAKESBURG SUCCUMBED SUDDENLY. Blakesburg, September 23, 1911 - Wright Barnes, father-in-law of Henry Fritz in whose automobile he was injured three weeks ago, died suddenly at 5 o'clock at the Barnes home here yesterday. The deceased had been bed fast since the accident near Cedar three weeks ago, when the occupants of Mr. Fritz's auto were more or less injured. His condition early yesterday indicated that he was improved, but death came peacefully at 5 o'clock. The death of Mr. Barnes robs Blakesburg of one of its pioneer citizens. Mr. Barnes was a native of Indiana but had lived in this city and vicinity for the past forty years. He leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. Henry Fritz. He was a farmer and stock raiser, but for some time past he lived a retired life. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Edmond Brown, pastor of the Baptist Church of Fremont will have charge. Interment will be made in the Blakesburg Cemetery.