Tuesday, August 8, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 8

August 8, 1905 – The three-year-old son of Paul Herman, a well-known farmer of Swan River, Itasca County, was killed this morning by his father running over him.

Mr. Herman had made one round with his binder, a reaping machine that binds grain into sheaves, testing it to get ready for cutting in the afternoon. About 11 a.m. he started on the second round. His little son was playing in the thick wheat, about 20 rods from the house. Herman did not know his son was there, and was watching the team, one of the horses being a fractions colt.

Herman heard a scream and shouted to his wife. She had the baby in her arms, and thinking her husband was hurt, ran toward the binder, dropping the child. She found the little boy on the ground, one leg cut off below the knee, and picked him up. He was dead before she reached the house.

Herman was made almost frantic by the accident, as was his wife. The bereaved father came to town that evening for the purchase of a little coffin.

The funeral took place from the Swan River church Thursday morning. The whole neighborhood was shocked by the accident, and much sympathy is expressed for the family.

Little Falls Herald; Little Falls, Minn.; Little Falls, Minn.; “A Terrible Accident. Swan River Farmer Kills His Little Son With a Binder.”: Aug. 11, 1905; p. 1.



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