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|Cambria Freeman, 20 Apr 1900, Page 3, Contributed by Lisa Baker|
|Killed on the Railroad.|
James Aurandt, a well-known young railroad man, a former resident of Lilly, where his parents reside, was injured so badly near Ninevah on Saturday afternoon that death resulted later.
Aurandt was a brakeman in the crew of Conductor Dennis Boyles, of Altoona. His run was between Altoona and Wall. He was ordered out at 8 o’clock Saturday morning and started west with train 120 extra. About 1:20 P.M., at Ninevah, he met with a mishap that cost him his life. He was standing down on the stirrup of a car, looking at a hot box, when he struck a car standing on a siding. His skull was fractured. He was picked up unconscious and removed to the Memorial hospital at Johnstown, where he died at 11 o’clock Saturday night. He never regained consciousness.
Aurandt was 25 years old. His home was at Lilly, where his father, Joshua Aurandt, is a flour and feed merchant. He had been a railroader for a number of years. He was firing for two years and was laid off on account of slack work. Afterwards he became a brakeman and had been following that occupation for some four years. He was a very popular young man among his acquaintances. He was unmarried.