15 August 2015

On This Day: Columbia baker loses his head

A coroner’s inquest revealed he was in fact killed by a train. 
Ernest Henricci, a baker in Columbia (Lancaster County), was found decapitated. The Lancaster Daily Intelligencer reported On This Day in 1881 that Henricci had been found Saturday night (would have been the 13th) with his head cut off. He was found by a railroad crew.

Henricci was approximately 40 years of age, born in Germany. He left a wife and two small children. He was buried in the Mt. Bethel cemetery. 

He had relatively recently lost a “little simple minded son.” The boy had wandered down to the railroad bridge naked, fell and drowned. 

Lancaster Daily Intelligencer. (Lancaster, PA), 15 August 1881. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.  


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© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.