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Chilton Times June 10, 1899

A Serious Accident Badly Injured In A Runaway


Herman Paulen, a Prominent Farmer of the Town of Charlestown, the Unfortunate victum

At about the hour of five o'clock on Monday afternoon last, Herman Paulsen, on of the leading farmers of the town of Charlestown, met with a serious accident which will lay him up for several months. Mr Paulsen had been in town to purchase a quantity of fence wire and with his son had started home. The boy was driving the team and when approaching the crossing of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad, the team became frightened at the explosion caused by the working of the gasoline engine in the Knauf & Tesch elevator, near the crossing and started to run away. Mr. Paulsen, who was seated on a roll of fence wire, made and attempt to secure the lines and in so doing, caused the wire to roll forward and he was thrown from the wagon. He was dragged some distance and several eye witnesses to the accident expected that he would be killed. He was finally extracted from his perilous position and conveyed to his home, one mile north of Gravesville. His right ear was bruised and partly torn from the head. Right cheek bruised and there were a number of small bruises on different parts of his body. His right leg was fractured about three inches above the knee joint. This fracture is a compound fracture having an open wound on the back part of the thigh. The right ankle joint was also badly sprained and bruised. The wounds were very painful and the unfortunate man suffered greatly. Drs. Luce and Greengo were called when the wounds were dressed and the fracture reduced. It will take several months before he will be able to walk again. Mr. Paulsen's son jumped from the wagon and was lucky to get off with a badly bruised and sprained left ankle. His injuries were also looked after.


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