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Michael J. “Mike” McEnery

Death 23 Oct 1888 (aged 28–29)
Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Plot Block 4, Section 2, Lot 4
Memorial ID 100118542 · View Source
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Omaha Daily Herald (Omaha, Nebr.), October 24, 1888, p. 7, col. 5


Switchman McEneary Crushed to Death While on Duty

Mike J. McEneary, a switchman in the employ of the Union Pacific, and residing at 1120 Cass street, was killed by the cars at 7 o'clock last evening at the foot of Davenport street.

A switch engine was backing down the yards drawing a train of freight cars, and McEneary was standing on the front of the engine to uncouple for a flying switch. In some way he slipped and fell off, and the first car passed over him. The car was jolted off the track. The engineer did not know of the accident until the train stopped and the trucks of the second car were over McEneary.

Deceased was well known in Omaha, having here about twelve years. Up to five years ago he was on the police force, and left that position for the one he held when retired by death.

The remains were conveyed to the morgue, where an inquest will be held this morning.

October 26, 1888, p. 7, col. 4


Yesterday morning the funeral of Mike J. McEneary, the switchman who was killed by a fly switch in the Union Pacific yards, occurred from his late residence, 1120 Cass st., to the Holy Father church. Rev. Father Koopman celebrated high mass.

The funeral procession was quite large, over 200 carriages being in line. The procession was headed by the Ancient Order of Hibernian band, of which the deceased was at one time a member. The attendance of railroad switchmen was also large.

The pall bearers were John Muhen, Thomas McTange, James Scullen, David McAvy, James Patterson, Stephen Mahoney.

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