MANDAN MAN CRUSHED BETWEEN THE CARS
YOUNG ROBER WAS ON THE WAY TO THE SWITCHMEN'S DANCE WHEN KILLED.
Body Was Mass of Crushed Bones and Flesh — No Eye Witnesses to Accident.
Fred Rober of Mandan was killed by being crushed between two bad order cars in the Mandan yards Friday evening at about 11 o'clock.
It seems as near as can be asserted (there was no eye witness to the accident), that young Rober was going to the Switchmen's dance and was crossing the yards and there found a string of cars in his way. He started to go between two cars which were coupled with chains, the drawheads having been pulled out. While he was between the cars the engine started and moved the cars for a short distance, and then stopping quickly, the cars came together and Rober was crushed to death.
The absence of the bumpers on the cars let them come close together and the body of the young man when found had no semblence of a human being, but was merely a bloody mass of crushed bones and flesh and clothing.
Rober is the son of F. X. Rober of Mandan, and was interested with his father in the manufacture of cement blocks. He was unmarried and has made his home with his parents. He was an unusually popular young man and many friends who will mourn his untimely taking off.
Bismarck Tribune, 1/2/1910