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ROSE, Elmer

    Johnstown Daily Tribune, 28 Jan 1899, Contributed by Sharon Trosan

Johnstown Daily Tribune, Johnstown, PA; Saturday, Jan 28, 1899

Elmer Rose's Fatal Courtship, While returning this morning from a call upon his lady love he was killed by a train. Elmer D. Rose, son of Mr. Emanuel Rose of No 635 Bank street, Dale Borough, was instantly killed on the Pennsylvania Railroad in the Eleventh Ward, this city, between 5:30 and 6:00 this morning by Atlantic Express, which is due here at 5:25 o'clock. The remains were found lying between tracks No 3 and No 3 a short distance below C tower, by a Mr Pierson of Conemaugh who notified the officials at that place. The body was removed to the Conemaugh deadhouse, where it was taken charge of at 10 o'clock by Mr Winfield W. Evans of Henderson's undertaking establishment, who had it brought here and prepared for burial. Elmer Rose was in his twentieth year and was employed as a farmhand by Mr. Jacob Shaffer, who resides in Paint Township, Somerset County near Scalp Level.

He came to this place last Wednesday morning, stopping off at his father's home for a short time on his way to Portage to visit a lady friend--Miss Tillie Diamond. He left here Wednesday afternoon and remained at the home of the young lady's uncle--Mr Benjamin Miller--in that place until an early hour this morning, when he started for home. There being no passenger trains scheduled to stop at Portage until the arrival of Johnstown Accomodation at 8:33 o'clock, he boarded a freight train and alighted upon its arrival in the upper end of the Conemaugh yard. He then started to walk to the home of his brother-in-law Mr David Swatman--in the Eleventh Ward, and was on this journey when he met his death. There were footprints in the snow on the east-bound track from Conemaugh to the place where the Express struck him.

Elmer D. Rose was born on Broad street, Sixteenth Ward, this city, on January 19, 1879. His mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Black, died suddenly at her home in Dale Borough ten years ago and his little brother--Harry Rose--aged twelve, was killed on September 30, 1895, by being hit on the head with a stone thrown by Charles Dickert, a companion. The deceased is survived by his father, step-mother, two sisters, and a brother, viz; Ida, wife of David Swatman of No 601 Woodvale Avenue, William, who is employed at Davidsville, Somerset County, and Miss Mary, who makes her home with Mr. and Mrs. Swatman.

Mr Rose spent the majority of his life working on farms in the vicinity of Scalp Level where his father was born and raised. He was formerly employed by Messrs Henry Ott and Josiah Blough, but during the past few years had been with Mr. Shaffer. For many years Mr Rose had been a member of Mr Wingard's Sunday School class in the Berkey German Baptist Brethren Church in Paint Township, and last summer he became a member of the church.

The remains were conveyed from the undertaker's establishment this afternoon to the home of the deceased's father where funeral services will be conducted at 10 o'clock Monday morning by Elder Abram Fyock, of the Walnut Grove German Baptist-Brethren Church, after which interment will be made in the Singer Graveyard. Miss Diamond, who is about seventeen years of age, was notified this afternoon of the young man's death.

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