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Tombstone Death


A Grand Forks man passed away on this day in 1908 from injuries that he received while running into a gravestone. The victim, J. A. Marsh, had moved a short time earlier from Bemidji, Minnesota to be employed as caretaker of the Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Forks. While driving through the cemetery the previous day, Marsh’s horse became spooked and took off through the park. Marsh quickly jumped from the wagon to avoid injury, and then fled after the animal. He was gaining on the horse when it began to round a corner. The horse knocked into its owner, throwing him into a nearby tombstone. Marsh was found at the base of the tombstone, suffering from two broken ribs and internal injuries. He passed away the next morning. His body was laid to rest very near the spot where his injuries were sustained.


Fargo Forum and Daily Republican. June 11, 1908: p. 2.