The Caddo Herald
June 5, 1914
Herman Pierson Killed by Freight
Last Thursday afternoon about 4:30 o’clock Herman Pierson, in attempting to board a fast moving freight train, lost his hold and was thrown, inflicting wounds from which he died at 9:40 o’clock that night.
In company with Thurman Sanders they had gone to the cut in the north part of town to catch a freight, intending to go to Coleman to play base ball. Sanders remarked to him that it was too fast for him and tried to dissuade Herman from attempting to catch the freight. Herman tried, however, and must have been thrown inward, for his lower jaw was almost severed from the head, his skull was crushed in many places; three or four ribs were broken as also was an arm. Sanders immediately spread the alarm and soon a crowd of friends gathered. He was taken to Dodd’s drug store where such aid as was possible was given, then he was taken home where he died five hours after being struck.
Herman was the seventeen-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pierson who have lived in Caddo five or six years. At the time of the accident his father was returning from a trip to Antlers, arriving home about an hour before Herman died.
The funeral was held Friday afternoon at the Methodist church, Rev. R. C. Alexander conducting same. A large audience assembled to comfort the bereaved family and to pay respect to the boy. Internment in Caddo Cemetery.
In this connection The Herald, while sympathizing to the fullest extent with those bereaved relatives to whom Herman was the apple of their eye, and regretting that such an accident should happen, deems it proper that a word of warning would not be out of place. We are informed that this particular place is a popular resort of boys who catch the freights. It being the crest of the rise, and the trains are slowest here. Sometimes a dozen boys a day are there to get rides. The wonder is that more accidents of this kind have not happened. The danger to life and limb is very great, and this practice should by all means be stopped.