The Death of John Lee Briggs
An aged traveler is killed near city this morning – came from
East Tennessee and was enroute to Idaho.
John Briggs aged 87 years, who was a passenger on the west bound
Southern Train this morning fell from the train and was killed. He
was from East Tennessee and was on his way to Idaho, accompanied
by his son and nephew. He had been in the smoking car and as the
train neared Corinth (Mississippi) where he was to transfer to the
M & O, he was woke up and told to be ready to get off. In attempting
to go from the smoker to the ladies coach, he fell from the train and was
killed instantly, his head being crushed and badly bruised. His feet
were extended toward the track and one heel was cut off by the flare
of the car wheels. He was not missed by his son and nephew until the
train stopped at the station here and search of the train was made for him.
The son and station agent started up the track to find him and when near
the section house, two miles east, his body was found lying beside the track.
His remains will be buried in Corinth.
D.O.B. 7-18-1816 D.O.D. 3-27-1903