JAMES H. SHEPPARD GRAVESTONE PHOTO
Wichita Daily Beacon, Thursday, Sept. 10, 1908
Died: Sept. 9, 1908
AGED WEIGHMASTER DID NOT
SEE OTHER TRAIN.
Dodged One and Then Stepped in
Way of Another---Did Not Re-
cover From the Shock.
James L. Sheppard, who was struck by a Rock Island switch engine at the Douglas
avenue crossing last evening, died this morning at 2:40 o’clock at the St.
Mr. Sheppard, who is an aged man, was weigher at the South Washington avenue
scales. He had started to walk to his home at 418 East Central avenue,
when he was hit by the engine.
Mr. Sheppard was standing on the north side of Douglas avenue at the crossing
waiting for southbound passenger train No. 11 to cross. The train on the
west track had just cleared the crossing and Mr. Sheppard had stepped out on the
east track and did not notice an engine which was switching cars on that track.
The tender of the engine struck Mr. Sheppard and knocked him away from the
Just as the engine struck Mr. Sheppard a woman who was standing near screamed.
Officer Millis who was near, called Dr. St. John. Mr. Millis and Dr. St.
John took charge of Mr. Sheppard. Dr. William A. Phares was also
summoned. An ambulance was called and Mr. Sheppard, accompanied by Dr.
Phares and Officer Millis, was taken to St. Francis hospital. At the
hospital he revived sufficiently to give his name and address. He was
badly bruised and cut about the head. His back and hands were bruised.
Mr. Sheppard was a Grand Army veteran. He served in Company C, of the
Sixteenth Indiana Infantry.
Coroner Phillips has not yet decided whether or not be will hold an inquest.