Axel Anderson

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Axel Anderson

  • Birth 1854
  • Death 30 Nov 1900 Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 55044119

KILLED BY A TROLLEY CAR
Axel Anderson, a Swede, Run Over at Westmoor
Axel Anderson, a Swede who came to this country four moths ago to visit his sisters and who expected to return next week was killed by an Edwardsville trolley car on Friday, November 30 while he was attempting to cross the tracks near Thomas Street, Westmoor. His skull was fractured and he was dead when picked up. The circumstances surrounding his death was rather sad. Anderson came from Sweden about four months ago to visit his sisters, Mrs. John Peterson of Westmoor and Mrs Axel Nelson of Parsons. He spent Thanksgiving with Mrs. Nelson and early this morning started to return to Mrs. Peterson's home at the corner of Thomas and Market streets, Westmoor. He could not speak English, was very hard of hearing, and not accustomed to the customs of this country. He walked from the Square across the flats and when about fifty yard from Mrs. Peterson's home, crossed the road to the tracks and was walking along them when two cars passed going from Wilkes Barre. He had his head down and did not notice or hear the approach of the Edwardsville car, which was approaching in the other direction, and which rang a bell at the Thomas street crossing only twenty feet away. The car was in charge of conductor Philip Gibbons and motorman William Lewis, two old and careful employees. Mr. Lewis saw the man approaching but did not expect an accident until the car had almost reached him, when suddenly Anderson stepped in front of the car, which was then but a few fett away, and he was struck on the head knocked down and the car passed over him before it could be stopped. Kind (illegible) at once went to the man's assistance and tenderly lifted the helpless form from the track, but life had fled. And examination showed that the skull had been fractured. The remains were removed to the home of Mrs. Peterson, only a short distance away where they were prepared for burial. The deceased was about 50 years old and had arranged to return to his home in Sweden next week. He was well off in this world's goods and besides his sister's here, had a brother in California and another in Sweden. The nature of the accident was such that no blame can be attached to the motorman of the trolley car. -- Wilkes Barre Weekly Times, Dec 8, 1900.


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  • Created by: Clare Bradley
  • Added: 16 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55044119
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Axel Anderson (1854–30 Nov 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55044119, citing Hollenback Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Clare Bradley (contributor 47161387) .