Louise Sweet Chilton Times August 24, 1878
DEATH OF MRS. GEN. B J SWEET
We glean the following particulars relative to the death of Gen. "Jeff." Sweet's widow from the Chicago Times, of the 16th inst. And republish it, as she was well and favorably known here:
LOMBARD – The coroner's inquest over the remains of Mrs. B. J. Sweet, who was killed by a railroad train on the day before, was completed on yesterday morning. The engineer and fireman of the train were present and gave their testimony. From the evidence offered by the witnesses it appears that Mrs. Sweet was walking westward, in the same direction which the train was moving, but when first seen was between the two track lines.
As the train approached and the whistle sounded for the crossing leading into the village, she deliberately walked over to the other side of the track on which the train was running, and without turning about so as to see the approaching danger, she walked along close to the rail, stepping from tie to tie, all the time apparently absorbed in thought. The bell was rung and the whistle repeatedly sounded, and at last, when they seemed to be of no avail, the air-brakes were applied but too late to stop the train. The fireman even ran out alongside the engine, trying to reach the cow-catcher in time to warn or aid her. The cross-beam in front of the engine struck her in the back, and with such force as to break nearly every bone in her body. The jury rendered a verdict in the following terms:
We, the undersigned sworn to inquire of the death of Louisa L. Sweet, on oath, do find that she came to her death by being struck by the locomotive of the Freeport train on the 14th of August, 1878, and that we do not consider the engineer and fireman essentially at fault.
The funeral and burial service will occur today. The last sad rites will be conducted at the house of the deceased, this morning, by the pastor of the First church, of Lombard, Rev. Charles Caverno. A special car will be provided by the Northwestern R. R. Co. which will bear the funeral cortege to this city and thence north without change to Rose Hill, where the remains will be put to rest.
The bereaved family are the recipients of much genuine heartfelt sympathy. The little town of Lombard is as one family, and the sad accident and death touches tenderly the hearts of all its members. A gentleman who, with his wife spent the evening previous to Mrs. Sweet's death at her house, said on yesterday that she was unusually happy and cheerful. Death seemed nowhere near. The face now motionless bears that same pleasant and hopeful expression betokening little the terrible tragedy which robbed her so quickly and rudely of life.