Atkinson, Holt County, Nebraska
August 23, 1894
A SHOCKING TRAGEDY
Antone TASLER Whirled to Death in a Wagon Wheel
A Vicious Horse Seriously Injures Geo. HUMPAL
While Bearing TIDINGS of TASLER'S Death to His Family
One of the most shocking accidents that ever happened in Western Holt [County, Nebraska] occurred in Atkinson last Monday.
Mr. Antone TASLER, a highly respected and worthy citizen residing almost 4 miles west of this village, came to town with
a somewhat spirited team and after transacting certain business that called him here, he drove to the north side of the
railroad track, where he attempted to attach a buggy to the rear end of his wagon. While thus engaged his team became
restless and started to run. Mr. TASLER rushed to reach the lines lying in the wagon box. In this effort he was
unsuccessful and, by some inexplicable means, became entangled in one of the front wheels of the wagon, and during the
mad flight of the horses, became literally "Broken on the wheel" until life was extinct. His bruised and mangled body was
tenderly cared for by sympathizing friends.
On Wed. his remains were interred in the Catholic Cemetery adjacent to this
village, followed by the largest funeral cortege ever witnessed in Atkinson.
Next week The Graphic will publish a
biographical sketch of his life and pay a deserved tribute to his memory.
Immediately after the death of Mr. TASLER the tidings of the sad event was carried to the TASLER neighborhood by friends
from town. Jacob HUMPAL and son, George, repaired to the TASLER residence, and while leading their team into the stable a
vicious horse kicked the latter with terrific force, knocking him senseless and was feared, for a time, that the young
man would not recover. George was, at one time a faithful employee in The Graphic office and we sincerely hope he
is not so seriously injured as reported.
Atkinson, Holt County, Nebraska
August 30, 1894
THE LATE ANTONA TASLER
Last week's Graphic gave details of the accidental death of Antona TASLER, which occurred in Atkinson on the 20th
ult. Since that issue, we have been kindly furnished with the following data connected with the life of this worthy man.
Antona TASLER was born in Austria-Hesse, Empire of Germany, Jan. 16, 1832; died in Atkinson, Nebr. Aug 20, 1894. He was
of Bohemian parentage, and actively served 8 years and 4 months in the Austrian army, and he bore honored scars-mute,
but impressive evidence of his courage and valor in the line of a soldier's duty.
On Jan. 28, 1859, he was married to Josephine ROUSE, and to this union was born 12 children, 9 of whom are living:
Anna LANA, of Osborne Co, Kan.; Antona A. TASLER of Atkinson, Nebr.; Josephine HUMPAL of David City, Nebr.; Mary HUMPAL
of the same place; Matilda NEELEY of Stuart, Nebr.; Joseph, Frances, Frank and Albena, who are yet at home.
2 children were born in Bohemia prior to the emigration and settlement of the family in America.
Mr. TASLER first
located in Ringgold Co., Iowa, where the remaining numer of the children were born. 3 of the 12 children born to this
worthy family died in infancy.
Mr. TASLER removed from Iowa to Holt Co., Nebr., in March 1884, and he settled on a
farm, 12 miles southwest of Atkinson, where he lived until last year, when he removed to H. L. Putnam's farm, 5 miles
west of Atkinson, where he resided at the time of his death.
The Graphic, heretofore, briefly recited the tragic event of his violent death caused by the running away of his
spirited team, and in connection with this biographical sketch it desires to pay a passing tribute to the memory of
one who had bravely buffeted the many vicissitudes of life, both on the field of carnage in a, to us, foreign clime
and in honorable struggle for subsistence and competence amongst the avant-coureurs of our western civilization, and
during these long years of physical, mental, and moral strife that surrounded and confronted his life-walk, his
Christian faith was never impaired, his integrity never assailed or his manhood compromised by any act of perfidy.
Upright in his business methods, genial in his social relations, industrious and frugal in his habits, he commanded
the respect and esteem of the entire circle of his acquaintance. The community in common with the stricken wife and
bereaved children, mourn the loss of this good man.
Anton TASLER and Josephine ROUSE married in Austria on January 28, 1859. Josephine was born June 3, 1841,
and died in Atkinson, Nebraska, on April 17, 1921. Anton and Josephine's children were as follows:
1. Infant TASLER, b. 1859
2. Anna (TASLER) LANA, b. 15 Nov 1860
3. Anton A. TASLER, b. 24 Nov 1863
4. Josephine (TASLER) HUMPAL, b. 07 Apr 1866; six-weeks-old when the family came to America
5. Mathilda (TASLER) NEELEY, b. 13 Nov 1868
6. Mary (TASLER) HUMPAL, b. 14 Oct 1870
7. Joseph TASLER, b. 28 Oct 1871
8. Joseph TASLER, b. 06 Nov 1874
9. Frances TASLER, b. 08 April 1877
10. Barbara TASLER, b. 01 Oct 1879
11. Frank TASLER, b. 21 Jan 1881
12. Albena TASLER, b. 28Oct 1883
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