(NOTE: last name also given as Yukas)


B. about 1872 in Kurbles, Lithuania
D. December 21, 1935 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL
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  • Father: Clins Juknevicz
  • Wife: Ursula Juknevicz

Additional Information:

According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Sunday, December 22, 1935, page 5:

“Farm Hand Loses Life
When Train Hits Wagon
    Joseph Yukas, 60 years old, a farm hand employed on the farm of Frank Martinez, Route 20, near Grayslake in Lake county, was killed yesterday when the team and wagon he was driving across the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific railroad right-of-way which cuts through the farm was struck by a Minneapolis bound train. Both horses were killed and the wrecked wagon was dragged three-fourths of a mile.”

According to the Waukegan News-Sun (Waukegan IL) Monday, December 23, 1935, page 1:

Farmhand Killed

    Joe Yukas, 60, a farmhand on the Frank Martinez farm at Grayslake was fatally injured Saturday when the team of horses he was driving was struck by a train.
   Yukas was driving the team of horses north across the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad tracks at the private crossing to get to the section of the farm that is on the other side of the tracks. Steve Getstkets, another farmhand, was walking behind the wagon when he heard the rumbling of the train. He called to Yukas, who apparently failed to hear him.
   The train struck the horses, killing them instantly. Yukas was catapulted from the wagon and was dead when an ambulance arrived. An inquest was being held today by Coroner Taylor at Strang’s undertaking parlor at Grayslake.”

According to the McHenry Plaindealer (McHenry IL) Thursday, January 2, 1936, page 8:

   “Joseph Juknovicz, 63 years of age, a farm hand employed by Frank Martines at Hainesville, was instantly killed to (sic) 9:30 o’clock Saturday morning last week, when a wagon on which he was riding was struck by a northbound Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific railway train. The crossing is a private one, used only by the workmen on the farm, and Juknovicz was hauling silage from one barn to another, and was driving a team of horses. Another farm hand, who was walking behind the wagon, saw the approaching train and shouted a warning which the driver, probably because of the noise of the wagon, did not hear. The horses were pulling hard to take the wagon up the steep incline to the track, and demanded a good deal of the driver’s attention. At any rate, he did not see the train until he was on the track, and then, of course, it was too late. Both horses were killed, and Juknovicz’ body was thrown onto the locomotive.”

According to the Illinois, U.S., Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947:

“Name: Joe Juknevicz; Birth Date: abt 1872; Birth Place: Kurbles, Lithuania; Death Date: 21 Dec 1935; Death Place: Avon, Lake, Illinois; Burial Date: 24 Dec 1935; Burial Place: Avon Twp., Lake, Ill.; Cemetery Name: Fort Hill; Death Age: 63; Occupation: Farm Laborer; Race: White; Marital status: M; Gender: Male; Street Address: Lake Villa; Father Name: Clins Juknevicz; Father Birth Place: J…kles, Lithuania; Spouse Name: Ursula Juknevicz; FHL Film Number: 1765653”

According to the Lake County Illinois Genealogical Society. “Strang Funeral Home – Grayslake, Illinois – 1908-1964”. Mundelein IL. 2015:

“Surname: JUKNEVIC; Name: Joe; Birth Date/Place: (blank); Death Date/Place: 21 Dec 1935, Avon Twp.; Cause of Death: Struck by Railroad Train; Married; Occupation: Farmhand; Minister – Funeral Home: Rev. SHERBE, Funeral Home; Burial Place – Next of Kin: Fort Hill, Charles JUKNEVICZ (LIT)-Father”