Hibbing, MN Boy Rescues Girl From Train, Jan 1911


Would Have Been Crushed to Death But for a Thrilling Rescue.


James Steele, Son of Janitor of Hibbing Library, Snatches Her Off in the Nick of Time.

(Range Bureau of the News Tribune.)

HIBBING, Jan. 6.---A 7-year-old girl, whose name could not be learned, was saved from death this morning at the railroad crossing on Third avenue by the quick thought and courage of James Steele, the 12-year-old son of John Steele, janitor at the Hibbing public library.

The little girl was riding on a sled, which she had attached to the delivery vehicle of R. Weeding & Co., unknown to the driver. It came down Third avenue at a smart pace, and barely made the railroad crossing as a train came by.

The little girl was looking away from the tracks and did not notice the approaching engine.

Steele leaped to the sled, snatched the girl from it and threw her to one side, springing away himself just in time to escape the engine as it went over the crossing.

The sled was smashed to pieces.

Duluth News-Tribune, Duluth, MN 7 Jan 1911

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