William Boraman

  • Born: USA


  • 31 Jul 1901 , Columbus, Nebraska, USA


Newspaper account of the train accident witnessed by William Boraman.
This community was shocked Monday morning on learning that one of its oldest citizens [William Speice] had been fatally injured by being struck by an engine attached to a through freight train on the Union Pacific, the accident taking place on L street, about six feet west of the sidewalk, the body striking the graveled earth, just south of the main-line track, and from appearances of effects upon the left side of the head and left shoulder, death was caused by the hard fall and the dragging. The scalp was torn from the skull, and the clothing from the shoulder, on the left side of the body. Our best information is that while walking near the track (he was exceedingly hard of hearing) not being aware of a train near, in making a step to cross the track he was picked up by the pilot, and for a moment stood upon it, on the north side (the engine was going eastward), and then by a sudden jerk was whirled to the ground on the south side of the engine. The spot is very close to where Mrs. Dischner was fatally injured.
The body was taken to the residence, two blocks south on the same street, but the spirit had left its mortal tenement.
Coroner Metz, who arrived at noon from Humphrey, summoned a jury consisting of Messrs. Held, Gluck, Roen, Asche, Funk and J. Greisen, who after hearing the testimony of Wm. Boraman, Mrs. Charles Ball and daughter, Miss Florence Ball, Peter Greisen, Louis Petsch and L. Merriman gave their verdict that, between the hours of 8 and 9 o'clock a.m., July 29, William Speice came to his death accidentally by being struck by a Union Pacific engine.
The funeral services are to be held at the resident this morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. Weed officiating.
William Speice was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, May 18, 1823.
He came to Nebraska about thirty-four years ago, and this has virtually been the home of himself and wife ever since. They resided temporarily, a short time, in the Black Hills and in California. Within the past year they celebrated their golden wedding. A boy and a girl were born to them, but did not survive childhood. The widow survives to mourn the loss of a true and faithful companion. Deceased was an elder brother of Judge C.A. Speice, well known to many Journal readers.
William Speice was a man who probably had no enemies. He attended strictly and conscientiously to his own affairs, and was highly respected by all who knew him. While thoroughly unobtrusive, he was true and faithful, and his last utterance--"Oh God! Lift me up," let us believe, is now fully answered by his presence in the land of the Leal.