GILCREST MAN IS CRUSHED UNDER BEET WAGAON AS TEAM RUNS AWAY
Chris Oster Falls Beneath Empty Wagaon as Team Starts on Farm Near Gilcrest; Farmer Well Known in County.
Chris W. Oster, 38 years of age and a resident of Weld County all his life, was killed late Tuesday afternoon when the four-horse team with which he was hauling beets on his father's farm near Gilcrest ran away, throwing him under the wagon and crushing his body. Two wheels of the beet rack, which was not loaded, passed over Oster's body fracturing nine ribs, breaking the breast bone, puncturing his lungs and breaking the main artery of his body. Oster was working on a farm one-half mile east and one-half mile south of Gilcrest owned by Jacob Oster, his father, at the time of the accident. He had been talking with two other men also hauling beets who had their wagons loaded preparatory to leaving the field. When the other men started their teams, Oster's horses also started. He made a grab for the lines which were rapped around the wagon seat. Persons who saw the accident declared that the horses were evidently going too fast and Oster lost his balance, falling under the wheels. He was rushed to Platteville for medical attemtion but died before reaching a doctor's office. Dr. W. A. Schoen, deputy county coroner, who investigated (next line unreadable). Chris Oster was born in the Beebe Draw district and later moved to Gilcrest where he has lived with his parents for the past 28 years. He was a member of the Elks Club and was widely known throughout the district. In addition to his parents, Oster is survived by eight sisters; Mrs. Gottlieb Pfaff, Jud, N. Dak; Mrs. William Holmgren, Pueblo; Mrs. Otto Borchers, Lamar; Mrs. William Luers, Brush; Pauline and Freda Oster, employees in the Weld county courthouse; Martha Oster, South Bend, Ind.; and Ester Osters, Gilcrest; and two brothers; J.E. Oster, Gilcrest, and Henry Oster, Lasalle.
(Chris is buried in the Linn Grove Cemetery, Greeley, CO)