Galena Daily Courier
12 April 1861

Man Killed on the Railroad

The evening train from Chicago, due here at 8:30 last evening, ran over the body of a man by the name of John Breen, about one mile west of Apple River Station. He was lying on the track longitudinally, and was not discovered until the locomotive had nearly reached him. His body was terribly mutilated, and when taken up, life was extinct.

Mr. Breen owned a farm about two miles east of Apple River Station, and has resided there for several years. He formerly lived in this city, where his mother, two brothers and a sister now reside. He was about 45 years of age, and leaves a wife and a large family of children. Some surmises are entertained that he was murdered, and his body placed on the track for the purpose of averting suspicion, and leading people to suppose that he was killed by the cars.

Submitted by Tim Doser