August Keenast

Death 20 Jul 1895 (aged 39–40)
Pillager, Cass County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Unknown
Memorial ID 119013278 · View Source
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                  Killed on the Track.

      On Saturday train No. 6 killed a man some three miles west of Pillager. The man was walking on the end of the ties outside the rail and paid no attention to the whistle which was blown. As the train approached the man the whistle was blown continuously, but he kept on and the beam of the engine struck him in the right side throwing him twenty feet. When picked up he was dead. The remains were brought to this city, Losey & Dean taking charge of them, and were buried by the county on Monday. There was nothing on the man by which his identity could be discovered. A German Bible was in his hip pocket, and he had a knife and lead pencil. He was fairly well dressed and appeared to be about 40 years old. A telegram from the agent at Motley stated that a man answering to the above description was at the station and stayed there during the previous night, that he was tramping through the country and was quite deaf, which accounts for his not getting off the track when the whistle was blown. (Brainerd Dispatch, 26 July 1895, p. 4, c. 5)

      The man who was killed by No. 6 near Pillager two weeks ago, was August Keenast, an inmate of the Becker county poor house. He was deaf and had wandered away from the farm. (Brainerd Dispatch, 09 August 1895, p. 4, c. 3)


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  • Added: 20 Oct 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 119013278
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for August Keenast (1855–20 Jul 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 119013278, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by A. Nelson (contributor 47143984) .