John Pearson/Peterson

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Friday, June 5, 1914

Relatives Not Located

Bridge Carpenter Dead from Injuries Received Monday

John Peterson, bridge carpenter for the Camas Prairie Railroad company, died at an early hour Wednesday morning as the result of injuries received Monday when he fell from a high trestle on Culdesac mountain, and up to a late hour last evening the relatives of the dead man had not been located. Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Hooper visited the Vassar parlors yesterday and identified the body as that of a young man whom they knew at Moore, Idaho, and state he had a sister residing there. They stated the family sometimes went by the name of Peterson and sometimes as Pearson. Workmen employed in the bridge crew with the unfortunate man stated he used both names. It was also reported that he had a brother, "Heb" Peterson, residing at Burns, Oregon, but messages sent to both Moore and Burns have not been answered. The body will be held several days in the hope that the relatives may be heard from.

Peterson joined the Camas Prairie bridge crew in April and little is known of him by the men with whom he worked. He fell from a high trestle Monday while engaged in placing timbers, and sustained injuries on the head which resulted in his death. He did not recover consciousness after the fall.

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Saturday, June 6, 1914

Hold Funeral Today

Brothers of John Pearson Reached Here Yesterday.

Nels Pearson and Conrad Pearson, brothers of John Pearson who died Wednesday morning from injuries received when he fell from a high trestle on Culdesac mountain, arrived in the city yesterday afternoon from Nelson, B. C., and the funeral of John Pearson will be conducted at 11:30 o'clock this forenoon from the Vassar chapel.

Pearson was also known by the name of Peterson in the railroad crew where he was employed and this confusion of names occasioned some trouble in locating the relatives of the unfortunate man. When the brothers received the message from the railroad company they started for Lewiston but did not send a message announcing their plans or even acknowledge the receipt of the message. It was not known until their arrival here that the messages sent out had reached any of the relatives.

Contributed by Bailey

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