Thursday, September 28, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 28

September 28, 1911 – Peter McRae, a man reported to be of middle age and a lumberjack who lives in the vicinity of Funkley, Minn., was killed sometime this evening by being struck by an engine that was backing down the yard to the coal dock for a fresh supply of coal. McRae, who was walking toward the coal dock, was overtaken and ground beneath the wheels.

His body was found by the engine crew and was dragged about a block. When found the head was severed from the body and one foot was cut off. Upon examination it was found that both arms were broken and his chest crushed.

No information could be obtained as to who the man’s relatives were, whether he was married or single and what will be done with the body.

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Man Found Dead is Peter McRae. Was Struck by Engine in Yards at Funkley Thursday Night—Instantly Killed. Head Severed From Body. Man Was Dragged About a Block—Both Arms Broken and Chest Crushed. One Foot Also Cut Off. Was Found by Train Crew, But No Relatives Could be Found.”; Sept. 29, 1911; p. 1.

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