The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic, May 26, 1921
KILLED NEAR MEDIA: A Mexican laborer by the name of C. Flavio Huereca met death at about 6 o'clock last Sunday morning at the east end of the big Santa Fe railway bridge near Media when the axle of a flat car loaded with iron on which he and a companion were riding broke and derailed the car. Both men attempted to leap to an adjacent car when the one on which they were riding began to sway. Huereca's companion was successful, but Huereca fell between the cars and was ground to death beneath the wheels, an arm and leg being severed and other terrible wounds inflicted. The body was pinned beneath the derailed car for several hours before the wrecker arrived and removed the car. The county coroner was notified and in inquest held, a verdict was rendered in accordance with the facts.
The remains of the unfortunate man were taken charge of by undertaker Regan and prepared for interment. It was learned from the dead man's companion that Huereca was a singe man, 26 years of age and had a sister and brother living at Durango, Mexico. The two men had been in the Eastern states and were attempting to get back to Mexico by stealing rides on trains. The remains of the dead man were kept at the Regan undertaking rooms until Tuesday afternoon when in the absence of any word or instructions from relatives or friends, they were interred in the cemetery here.
The remains were enclosed in an air tight metal casket and the relatives of the dead man notified that if they desired the body forwarded to Mexico, it would be exhumed and their instructions carried out. From papers found on his person and also from what could be learned from his companion, the victim was evidently a man of some education and the member of a well-to-do family.
1896 GRAPHIC: A contract for instituting long distance service through the medium of the Bell Telephone System was signed by Henderson County Telephone Co. At the 5th annual commencement of the Stronghurst High School the following were graduates: Hattie Thompson, Izetia Carothers, Maude Allison, Sadie Bowen, Burnham Fort, Ed Fort, Jr., Fred McKinley and Willie Annegers. A cyclone which swept over St. Louis on May 27th took a toll of almost 1,000 lives and caused property damage running into the millions.
The strawberry crop of the country was so abundant that Michigan berries were selling on the Chicago market at 50 cents per crate. A horse race pulled off at the Santa Fe Driving Park saw Dr. E. W. Salter's running horse, Willow Bark matched against Campbell and McLaughlin's horse, Mercury, which was brought here from Kansas City. The Salter entry won the race and a lot of money for some of the local sports.