Gurra L. O'BRIANT, s/o Lynden Philpot O'BRIANT + Susan Margaret PEED
For those researching this family.
Lynden Philpot O'BRIANT m/t Oct 22, 1873 Granville Co., NC Susan Margaret PEED, d/o Sherman H. PEED + Melinda Elizabeth FALKNER
1911 Dec 13: The Indianapolis Star-Indianapolis, IN--Jurra O'Briant
YOUTH, ON WAY HOME FOR HOLIDAYS, DIES UNDER CARS--Killed While Accompanying Friend, Who Was Carrying Money to Save Mother's Home.
The attempt of two Indianapolis youths to "beat" their way to their former homes in North Carolina to spend Christmas came to a sudden and tragic end early las evening, when one of them, Jurra O'Briant, fell from the top of a Big Four freight train, east of Beech Grove and was literally ground to pieces beneath the wheels. The two were attempting to save carfare, that O'Briant's companion Guy Grimes, 19 years old, 341 West New York street, might pay the interest on a mortgage on his mother's home in Highpoint, N.C.
O'Briant, who was 23 years old, lived at the home of Claude Lineberry, 1826 Northwestern avenue, Indianapolis. His former home was in Durham, N.C.
Sickened by the thought of the death of his friend, Grimes hastened back to the city and, accompanied by Lineberry reported the accident to the police about 9 o'clock in the evening. Officers in the emergency autombile hurried to the Nigger Hill yards of the Big Four, in the southeastern part of the city, and there boarded an engine and went to the scene of the accident. They found O'Briant's body severed at the waist and decapitated. It was placed in two sacks and brought to the city.
A passenger train that passed after the accident rolled the body along the track and picked up O'Briant's coat, which was found on the engine pilot when the train reached the Union Station.
Grimes told the police that he and O'Briant, wishing to spend Christmas at their homes in North Carolina, decided to "beat" their way, that Grimes might save the $31 he had, to pay off the $30 interest due of his mother's mortgage. They went yesterday afternoon to the yards and there boarded a freight train on the Cincinnati division of the Big Four. Just east of Bench Grove, O'Briant led the way to the top of the train and was walking along the cars when he slipped, fell between two cars, and disappeared.
Grimes is heart broken by the tragedy. He will return to his North Carolina home, but will pay his fare. How he will settle his mother's interest is a problem he has yet to solve, he says.