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THE LARNED EAGLE-OPTIC, 22 February 1901
Obituary of ARTHUR L. PIERCE
Died on the Train

Arthur L. Pierce, who was on his was home from Arizona to Michigan, died on the east bound Santa Fe train a few miles west of Larned Saturday evening. The body was taken off at this station and conveyed to the undertaking establishment of E. T. Eggleston, where it was properly coffined, and on Sunday evening forwarded to its destination, at Hillsdale, Michigan.
Letters found upon the person of the deceased revealed the fact that he had been teaching school in Arizona, but realizing that he had only a short time to live he had started east, hoping to be able to reach home before he died. He was traveling alone and a short time before he died he must have come to the conclusion that he could not reach his destination alive, as he wrote upon the back of an envelope: “My name is Arthur Pierce. My father lives in Hillsdale, Michigan, 138 River Street. Name D. L. Pierce,” and handed it to the train conductor. Soon after, as he was being assisted through the aisle by a fellow passenger he collapsed and died on the fast moving train among total strangers.

The deceased appeared to be about twenty-eight or thirty years of age. His father is a small merchant at Hillsdale, Michigan. He died of consumption.

Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

Last Updated:  Wednesday, November 23, 2005 23:05:27

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