May 3, 1880 Long Prairie Todd County Minnesota, USA
Jun. 19, 1912 Fergus Falls Otter Tail County Minnesota, USA
The Wadena Pioneer Journal, June 20, 1912 Conductor Killed John Stevens, the well known conductor, was killed yesterday morning at Fergus Falls. He was crushed to death instantly while making a coupling. _________________________________________
The Staples World, June 20, 1912 -------------------------------- HIS LIFE CRUSHED OUT -------------------------------- John L. Stevens Instantly Killed While Switching at Fergus Falls Yesterday Morning -------------------------------- J.L. Stevens, a brakeman on the branch accommodation train, was instantly killed at Fergus Falls yesterday afternoon while switching. The engine had been backed in to pick up a car on a spur track that curves quite sharply at the point where the accident occurred. He was on the inside of the curve and when the corners of the tender of the engine struck the car the corners of the tender and car caught him on the left side and he was so badly crushed that life was extinct when the train crew picked him up a moment later. Engineer Harter knew nothing of the accident until the fireman saw John drop and called to him that "Jack" was hurt. Conductor Frank Lyons and the other brakeman were soon at his side but life was already extinct. It is believed that if he had not been struck just across the heart that the accident would not have proven fatal. The news of the terrible accident came as an awful shock to his wife and other relatives and she is almost prostrated. After the coroner had investigated the case the body was prepared for burial and arrived at this place about nine o'clock last evening on a special, his train, No. 436, being held there until the body had been prepared for shipment. The following trainmen went to Fergus Falls to accompany the remains to this place: James Lyons, James B. Huntoon, James Harlock, J.J. McDonald, Ed. A. Lingren, Ray DeMund, Dave Platek, James Phillips and Fred Jones. The remains were taken to the family residence and the funeral will be held from the residence at 9:30 o'clock next Saturday morning conducted by Rev. L. Dodds. The O.R.C., A.O.U.W. and the Eagles, of which orders he was a member, will attend the funeral in the body. Deceased was born at Long Prairie on May 3, 1880, and has resided in this county or the immediate vicinity all his life. He has been in the employ of the Northern Pacific for a number of years as a brakeman and conductor and was well liked by all who knew him. He was married to Miss May Clary on September 18, 1902, and they have made their home at this place, having built a residence on north Third street. Four children were born to them, but two have already passed to the land beyond and their remains are buried in the family lot in the local cemetery. The remaining children are May Belle, nearly five years old, and little John Ernest, nearly 10 months of age. Besides the wife and two children he is survived by his mother, who has been visiting at this place a couple of weeks, three brothers and a sister who reside out on the Pacific coast. His brothers and sister will be unable to attend the funeral. Among the relatives already here to attend the funeral are James Clary and wife, of Fargo; M. Durkin and wife, of Luce; Thos. Murphy and wife, of Luce; Mrs. Zerwas, of Little Falls. Others will arrive tonight or tomorrow.