Philip Jacob Herder’s Fatal Accident

“The community was shocked last Wednesday morning to learn of the sudden death of Philip Jacob Herder, a respectable German farmer of Clay township, which occured at the house of his son, Jacob, at 3 o’clock that morning. The circumstances of the painful accident are as follows:”

“Mr. Herder was in the act of feeding one of the horses, when from some unaccountable reason, the animal became restive and vicious, kicking the unfortunate man in the breast, and it is believed rupturing the lining of the heart and causing profuse hemorrhage. Dr. Finch was hastily summoned but the blow was a fatal one, beyond surgical skill to aid, and the deceased, after most excruciating pain, died at the hour above stated, twelve hours after the accident.”

“The deceased was born in Niederlustadt, Rhein Pfalz, Bavaria, April 8th, 1826, and was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Heinz, in the old country, November 13, 1841. He came to Portsmouth in 1852, and was engaged in the clothing and merchant tailoring business for several years. He leaves a wife and six children, the latter grown up. He was a member of the United Brethren Church on Seventh street, and the funeral services were conducted by the pastor, Reverend Elias Benzing, in their place of worship, at three o’clock last Thursday afternoon, the funeral cortege numberin ga large number of the relatives and friends of the deceased.”1

  1. Fatal accident. (1879, July 19). Portsmouth Times, p. 3.
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