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Elmer John Akers
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Birth: Aug. 4, 1892
Sullivan County
Indiana, USA
Death: Nov. 15, 1920
Vigo County
Indiana, USA

Son of William A. Akers and Martha Elizabeth "Mattie" (Lester) Akers.


Two Die On Crossing When Cars Hit Truck

Employees Of Scott & Hart Furniture Co. Killed Monday Afternoon On Pennsylvania Tracks

Homer Lester, 37 years, and Elmer Akers, 28 years old, employees of the Scott & Hart Furniture Company, were killed at 3:30 o'clock Monday afternoon when a delivery truck in which they were riding was struck by a cut of cars at the Liggett crossing on the Pennsylvania line, four miles west of the city.

The men had a load of furniture for delivery in the Liggett vicinity. They failed to hear the approaching train and drove onto the track directly in front of the cut of cars which were being pushed to the Liggett mine.

A view of the track and the approaching cars was obstructed by another string of empty cars on a siding and it is believed the men did not know of the impending danger until they were struck.

The truck was crushed beneath one of the cars with the wreckage on top of the men and it was necessary to call a wrecking crew from the shops to recover the bodies. The men were dead when taken from the debris and apparently had been killed instantly.

The bodies were brought to Hickman's undertaking establishment where Coroner W.F. Willien conducted an inquest.

Lester's home was at 403 South Eighth Street. He is survived by a widow and four children. Akers lived with his mother at 425 1/2 Wabash Avenue. Both bodies were taken today to the Lester home from where the funerals will be held at 8 o'clock Thursday morning. Burial will be made in Union Chapel, south of Sullivan.


Homer Lester, 37, and Elmer Akers, 28, both Graysville natives, were killed when a cut of empty coal cars broke free from the Liggett mine near West Terre Haute and smashed into their truck yesterday afternoon.

Family links: 
  William A. Akers (1857 - 1926)
  Martha Elizabeth Lester Akers (1864 - 1940)
  Evelyn Thelma Akers Mull (1885 - 1960)*
  Elma Akers Knapp Walters (1888 - 1925)*
  Edna Akers Ethington (1888 - 1939)*
  Elmer John Akers (1892 - 1920)
  Infant Akers (1900 - 1900)*
*Calculated relationship
Union Chapel Cemetery
Sullivan County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Big Sam & Little Sam
Record added: Sep 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58191135


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