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Unusal Death (2)

Robert Walter Shedden,
Grandson of
Robert Shedden
(6th generation)

Robert Walter Shedden was born in February of 1877, the son of Andrew Shedden. Andrew was a brother of James Elmer Shedden.

Robert was stricken with epilepsy and had the condition since about 1891. He had just moved back to Rockford, Illinois, and was employed at the Rockford Watch Factory. He had only been working there one week when he met with his tragic death on November 28, 1905. He was about 28 years old.

As reported on the front page of the Elgin Daily News of November 29, 1905, it appears that while walking home from work he had to cross the Rock River. The shortest way to cross was by use of the railroad trestle of the Northwestern Railroad. That night while crossing he was hit by a train which hurled him into the river where he drowned.

Because of his health condition there was an investigation by the coroner who ruled that he was hit by the train because of markings on his body.