Frank Berkley, Killed in a Train Accident


Frank Berkly, Formerly of Boise, Meets Horrible Death

Head and Legs Severed

Falls Under Engine at Bannock Siding, 16 Miles West of Pocatello —
Remains Taken to Gate City for Internment — Deceased Well Known Here

Pocatello, July 2 — Frank Berkly, a Short Line brakeman, was instantly killed and his body mutilated in a frightful manner at Bannock siding, 16 miles west of here, at 12:45 this morning.

He was on a westbound freight, which was to take the Bannock siding, and crawled through the engine cab to the pilot to throw the switch.

No one saw the fall, but later his dismembered body was picked up with the head and both legs severed.

Berkly leaves a wife, the daughter of Postmaster James Mullany of Glenn’s Ferry.

He was a member of good standing of the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias.

Deceased Well Known in the Capital City

Frank Berkly, who was killed at the Bannock siding yesterday, was well known in Boise. He was a brakeman on the Boise Special for some time. Last summer, he met with an accident here, his hand being mashed. James Mullany, Jr., who is one of the Short Line firemen stationed here, is a brother-in-law of the deceased. He leaves this evening for Pocatello to attend the funeral.

Source: Idaho Daily Statesman, July 3, 1901.


All members of Wildey Lodge No. 62, I.O.O.F., are hereby notified to assemble at G.A.R. Hall at 1 o’clock this afternoon to attend the funeral of Frank B. Berkley, deceased, of Port Neuf Lodge No. 20. — M.W. Clark, N.G., Geo. P. Wheeler, Secretary.

Source: Idaho Daily Statesman, July 5, 1901.

Berkley Funeral

Many Friends Attend the Internment at the Masonic Cemetery

The funeral of Frank Berkely was held at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, under the auspices of the Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias and railroad men of this city. It was largely attended, the young man having had many warm friends here. His wife and Mr. and Mrs. James Mullaney of Glenn’s Ferry were in attendance as well as his brother-in-law James Mullaney, Jr.

The large cortege went from the Odd Fellows’ hall on Eighth street, down Idaho to Warm Springs avenue and thence to the cemetery. The remains were laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery, many beautiful floral offerings being presented.

Source: Idaho Daily Statesman, July 6, 1901.

Note: The last name is spelled differently in each story.

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