The accident, as we learn it happened about 4 p.m., Friday. Chester worked for the Bates Expanded Steel Truss Co., in East Chicago, and at the time of the accident was helping to invoice. He was rather familiar with this class of work having completed a business course several years ago. His work that day called to go to another building and when he went to cross the E.J. & E. railroad tracks he was caught between two cars that were being switched, being caught between the bumpers and crushed so badly that it was evident from the first that he could only live a short time. He died about four hours after the accident happened.
Chester had been with the Bates Company for the past four years and was held in very high esteem by them and considered a very competent employee.
When told by those attending him that his days here were numbered, and asked if there was anything he wished, he said yes. Call my mother, call my sister, call Velva and call my father. But Mr. Bates, call Dad first that he may gently break this to mother.
The remains were brought to Lowell for burial. The accident has cast a gloom over our town as the deceased was a young man that was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him.
Chester Jay Sanders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Sanders, was fatally injured while in the employ of the Bates Steel Expansion Co., at East Chicago, on Friday evening, Dec. 19, 1924. He was taken to St. Margaret's hospital in Hammond where he passed away about three hours after he was injured. His parents and sister Ruth and fiancée, Miss Flatt, reached Hammond shortly after he had gone.
Chester Sanders was born at Lowell on May 15, 1898. He was educated in the Lowell schools and was a young man of many friends. He was one of the youngest members of the Order of Odd Fellows to attend the State Assembly. He was also a member of some other good organizations. An especially beautiful trait of his character was his love of his mother, his esteem for his father and thoughtfulness of his sister. He is survived by his parents and only sister, Mrs. Edgar Metcalf, and husband and his fiancée and many loving relatives and friends who are deeply grieved at his passing.
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