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THE WESTERN STAR, 29 December 1911
Obituary of JOHN W. RODGERS
John W. Rodgers Accidentally Killed.

The people of this county were shocked on last Friday to hear that John W. Rodgers had been accidentally killed early that morning in Manhattan, Kansas, where he had made his home for several years past. Full
particulars of the accident have not yet been received here, but from what we have been able to learn, the facts are about as follows; Mr. Rodgers had been attending to some business matters outside the county,
and returned to Manhattan on an early train Friday morning. He evidently alighted from the train and started to walk on the slippery ground near the cars, and as he stepped on the sidewalk, which at the time was covered with ice, he slipped and his feet were caught under the moving train. That was about 5 o'clock a.m. No one was with him. Two hours later his body was found by a passerby. Both his legs had been severed at the knees, and the profuse bleeding so weakened Mr. Rodgers that he was unable to crawl to any house or make himself heard. The supposition is that he did not live very long after the accident occurred.

Mr. Rodgers moved with his family from Geary county, Kansas to this county nearly 20 years ago and settled on a farm 3 1/2 miles south of Protection. As a farmer and stock raiser he was very successful and soon
required considerable means. He was one of the pioneer alfalfa raisers in the Bluff Creek valley. About 8 years ago he sold his land in Protection tp. to J. Zimmerman and moved to Manhattan in order that his
children might attend the State Agriculture college. He owned property in that city, also a farm in Cloud county, and gave himself to diligently to looking after business matters.

Mr. Rodger was a splendid citizen, a good neighbor and friend and possessed a well trained mind, as well as a kind and generous disposition. He was principal of the Coldwater schools about 12 years ago and was a capable and successful educator. He leaves a wife, two
daughters and one son to mourn his untimely death.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier


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