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Peter J. Ferring
1862 – November 20, 1911
Peter Ferring was accidentally killed at Sabula, last Monday evening. He was a member of a bridge building crew working near Sabula. The men lived in the cars and Ferring had gone to the depot for something and was returning.
In order to reach the cars it was necessary for him to pass over a railroad bridge underneath which there was a wagon road. As one approaches the bridge, the abutments narrow very rapidly and lead directly on to the bridge. He fell a distance of 18 to 20 feet and when found by two boys his head was badly fractured and he had received internal injuries.
The other members of his crew with which he worked immediately hurried to his aid it was decided to take him to Mercy Hospital at Cedar Rapids on the first west bound train. When the train had reached Green Island, Mr. Ferring had passed away and his comrades decided to bring the body to Monticello. They arrived at Monticello with the body last Tuesday morning, and the funeral was held by Rev. John McCormick at the Catholic Church, yesterday morning at ten o’clock.
Mr. Ferring was born in Dubuque forty-three years ago, and lived in Jones County the greater part of his life. He has been employed for the C. M. & St. P. R.R. Co. for a number of years as carpenter on the bridge gang. Frank Ferring, of this city, is a brother of the deceased. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Frank Ferring, Sr.; four sisters and two other brothers. Mr. Ferring was a quiet and unassuming man, who had many friends. Many sympathizing people attended the funeral.

Submitted by: Steve Hanken
Source: Monticello Express, Monticello, Iowa, November 23, 1911, page 7
Photo: Bob and Nan at Digital Magic Photography

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