Truck Struck By North Coast Limited Seven Miles East of City
PIONEER OF ND
Accident Victim Came To Dakota Territory Forty-Five Years Ago
Jacob Yaeger, 63, prominent resident of Stutsman county and one of the best known farmer in North Dakota, was instantly killed near his farm in Bloom township when his car was struck by Northern Pacific Train No. 1 this morning.
The accident was not on the main crossing at Bloom station but on the section line a mile east, a road which Mr. Yager was accustomed to take fromhis home in Jamestown in order to avoid the fast traffic on Federal highway No. 10.He was driving a small truck.As it approached the railroad straight south from the Yaeger farm, the road makes a sharp turn to the west inside of the snow fence and runs parallel with the track and only a few feet from it for a short distance before crossing it.Witnesses declare that it would have been impossible for Mr. Yeater to have checked his car if he was inside the snow fences when he saw the train and it is presumed that he did not see or hear it, due to the noise of his car, and that he turned directly in front of the fast train.
Only a few months ago Mr. Yaeger was designated a Master Farmer by the Northwest Farm Managers Association at a meeting in Fargo.He is survived by his wife, one son, Jacob and a daughter, Helen, at home, a daughter, Annabelle teaching at Osnabrook, a daughter, Mrs. Jess Voncergeest of Jamestown, a son who lives in the west, and a sister, Mrs. Ed. Bellam, of Spritiwood, and another Sister, Mrs. O. Chamberlin, Burley, Idaho.
According to Engineer Peter Nelson of the train, Mr. Yaeger's car was not seen owing to a curve in the road until the train was upon it.The usual warning whistles had been given.the body was found unmutilated excepting for a fractured skull, the hands still grasping the steering wheel torn from the wreckage of the car, which was thrown only a short distance from the track.
Jacob Yeager was born in Switzerland in 1867 and came to America at the age of 18, coming directly to this district in the then Dakota Territory, where he has been farming ever since.He was a member of the Modern Woodmen Lodge of Jamestown and of the Elks.
Funeral information [condensed from the Jamestown Sun, November 13, 1928, page 3]:
Funeral, Tuesday afternoon at 2:30;this will be an Elks Lodge service.
Emel Frey R.R. Wright Joseph Schmitt J. Otto Gasal Dr. G. T. McDonald George Richmond
Buriel in Highland Home Cemetery
There was another article, too long to post here, that can be found continued onto page 5 of the Jamestown Sun, Nov. 12, 1928.