Name: Grant Sherman
Birth: 30 NOV 1889 in Canistota, South Dakota
Death: 8 MAR 1907 in Canistota, South Dakota
Burial: MAR 1907 Canistota, SD, Canistota Cemetery
Canistota Clipper, Canistota, South Dakota 3-14-1907
On Friday afternoon of last week at 4 o'clock a horrible accident occurred by which Grant Sherman lost his life. He went to Monroe, SD on the afternoon freight and came back to Canistota on the return freight. Arriving here he attempted to step onto the depot platform from the immigrant car, where he was riding, but missed his footing and slipped beneath the rapidly moving train and before it could be stopped Grant received the injuries which resulted in his death four hours later.
As soon as the train was stopped Grant was taken from beneath the wheels and an examination showed that his left arm was nearly severed at the wrist and that his right leg was ground almost to pulp in the region of the knee. It was a sight which made strong men turn pale.
He was carried to the home of his mother, Mrs. Sherman and doctors Melvin of Parker, SD and Clauser of Bridgewater, SD were summoned to aid the local physician in amputating the injured limbs. But the shock was so great and the loss of blood so enormous that he never sufficiently rallied so that they dared to attempt it. After remaining in a semi-conscious state until a little after 8 o'clock Grant Sherman breathed his last.
Tom Murphy, Agent Swartz, and part of the train crew witnessed the accident and from them we learned that Grant was riding on the ladder which had been nailed to the side door of an immigrant car so that the shipper could climb in and out of the car with more convenience. In attempting to step to the platform his other foot slipped off the ladder and he fell down between the car and the depot platform. He escaped the wheels of that car but the car following had the same kind of ladder which struck him and threw him down and it was then in rolling along that his leg was crushed.
He threw his left arm up on the depot platform and when another ladder on the next car following struck that arm whirled him around and the same arm that he had threw up on the platform the wheels of the car passed over and nearly severed the hand. And by that time the train was brought to a standstill. During all of this time he was rolling and tumbling along by the trucks and brake beams, a distance of about 30 feet.
Grant was between 17 and 18 years of age. He was one of those happy, good-natured boys whom everybody liked. He had a great fondness for the rail roading and was only waiting to reach the necessary age to secure the position of breakman. People have often expressed fears that Grant would meet his untimely end from catching on the trains and working around them. A habit boys in all towns have but a habit we hope the Canistota boys will discontinue.
The funeral was held from the Methodist Church on last Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The large edifice would not nearly accommodate the crowd. A great many people returned home on account of no room. Nearly all of Grant's school mates were present, most of them with tears in their eyes.
Vernon Toland, John Darby, Ted Graham, Bert Meyers, Clair Van Woert, and Sam Ferguson, all former school mates of Grant, were pallbearers. Reverend Hendricks spoke the word of cheer and comfort to the surrounding relatives. Internment was made in the Canistota cemetery.
We all miss the cheerful, happy, Grant Sherman whose tragic death is deplored by everybody.
Father: George Russell Sherman b: OCT 1843 in Knox, Waldo County, Maine
Mother: Emma Jane Howard b: 4 APR 1850 in Clintonville, Wisconsin