Eleven-year-old Edward Hendrickson was killed by a train at the B&O railroad tracks in Philadelphia in 1905.

According to the death certificate, he had been trespassing.

The boy would appear to be a troublemaker. But according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Edward Hendrickson was a hero.

"(He) sacrificed his life under the wheels of a locomotive to save his 8-year-old brother, Gilbert, from injury yesterday," reads the April 21, 1905, edition.

And that’s how a newspaper completes the picture.


Read more of this interesting article, “Obituaries Can Help Round Out the Genealogical Story,” in the Mormon Times.  Included with the story are links to a number of helpful obituary resources and web sites.