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Peter Grundtisch Meets an Awful Death East of Town [Upper Sandusky, OH]


Caught on Williams' Crossing, Thrown Into the Air About Thirty Feet and Coming Down was Struck Again, Every Bone in His Body Being Crushed or Broken.

Peter Grundtisch, a well-known farmer residing east of town, and father of Constable Fred Grundtisch, and brother to Adam Grundtisch, the carriage manufacturer, of this city [Upper Sandusky, OH], met a terrible death yesterday [04 DEC 1901] afternoon, at 4 o'clock, while crossing the Pennsylvania railroad at Frank Williams's (sic) crossing, one mile and a-half east of Upper Sandusky. Mr. Grundtisch was driving a cow home from pasture on the Engel farm, and was run down by No. 11, the fast west-bound afternoon mail train as he was crossing the railroad. The train was a couple hours late and was running at full speed. After being struck the body was hurled thirty feet in the air, and, according to several who saw the accident, it is claimed was struck again when coming down. Nearly every bone in the man's body was broken or crushed, and death must have been instantaneous. The accident was witnessed by a number of people who were working near by, and some say that no signal whatever was given by the engineer of No. 11 for the Williams crossing. There is foundation for this belief, as Mr. Grundtisch was always cautious when crossing the railroad at that point. Only a few days ago J.W. Grisell, of this city, was driving along that road and met Mr. Grundtisch near the field where he pastured his cow south of the railroad. Mr. Grisell invited him to get in his carriage and ride home with him, which he did. When nearing the Williams crossing Mr. Grundtisch cautioned Mr. Grisell to be very careful, saying it was a very dangerous place. That it is a dangerous crossing, is borne out by the fact that nine people have met accidental deaths there. The train did not stop after striking Mr. Grundtisch, but at the depot the train men notified the office force that a man had been struck east of town.

Coroner Stutz at once went to the scene of the accident and viewed the remains, and has set the hour for holding his inquest at 9 o'clock tomorrow [06 DEC 1901] morning. The body was then taken in charge by Undertakers Orians & Stoneburner and prepared for burial.

Mr. Grundtisch was a native of Geiselberg, Bavaria, Germany, born April 9, 1842. He came to this country with his parents in 1860, and came directly to Upper Sandusky, arriving here June 1 of that year [1860]. In 1866 he was united in marriage with Louisa Kloepfer, and resulting from this union eight children were born, seven of whom are living, together with the mother. The names of the children living are: Adam, living in Marion [OH]; Mrs. Ella Caldwell, of Richland township [Wyandot Co, OH]; Fred and George, of this city; Mrs. Jeanetta Whisner, and Eva, at Bradner [Wood Co, OH]; and Harold, at home.

Mrs. Grundtisch has certainly more than her share of this world's troubles. Only a few weeks ago her son, George, had an eye shot out in a hunting accident, and now the husband and father lies dead from an accidental death.

The funeral will occur Friday [06 DEC 1901] afternoon. Brief services will be held at the family home, east of town, at 1 o'clock, and at Trinity Reformed church on Fifth street, at 2 o'clock, to be conducted by Rev. Dr. H.N. Loose. Burial will be made in Old Mission cemetery.

--The Wyandot Chief, Upper Sandusky, OH, Thursday, 05 DEC 1901

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