Man VS Train
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Young Kennedy Cody

Beaver County News 1916-07-21

        The NEWS has received details of the death of young Kennedy Cody, son of C. H. Cody, formerly station agent in Milford, which sad event followed an accident to the young man at Helper, on the 12th instant.  It appears that the lad, who was nineteen years of age and a student at the Wasatch Academy, Mr. Pleasant, had been assisting his father in the station at Helper during his vacation.  On the day he met his death, he had run out to a passing caboose to get some freight bills, and in trying to board the car, he had been thrown under the wheels and both legs and one arm cut off.
       A special train for Salt Lake was made up to rush the injured young man to a hospital but at Thistle death ensued.  The boy's father saw the accident which resulted in his son's death and both he and the mother were prostrated by the terrible catastrophe.  The body was taken into Salt Lake, where funeral services were conquoted last Saturday.  Six fellow Wasatch students acted as pall bearers and the floral offerings were many and beautiful.  Mr. and  Mrs. Cottrell of  this city, were called to the stricken family returning on Sunday.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fearful Fatality

Ogden Standard 1882-06-10

     About six o'clock, last night a fearful fatal accident occurred at Market Lake, Idaho, on the Utah Northern Railroad.  The particulars as far as our reporter could learn, were as follows:

      It appears that at the station above-named, the freight and passenger trains meet; the freight rests to let the express pass.  They met, as usual, last evening, and after the passenger had moved forward, the freight train put on steam and continured its trip to the North.  While the train was in motion, the conductor, a young man named Wyatt Poole, in attempting to get on the cars, slipped and fell to the platform and was thrown beneath the ponderous wheels and mangled in a fearful manner.
     Both legs were severed from the body.  Of course, the alarm was given, the engine was reversed, and the train was stopped as quickly as possible.
      The unfortunate young man was taken from under the machinery, and all that could be done for his relief was done, but without avail - he died shortly afterwards.
       The deceased was a youth of good character.  He was, we believe, born in Ogden; he was well respected by all who knew him.   His father, Mr. John R. Poole, was for many years a resident of this city, and was formerly the owner of the property known as the "Globe Hotel."
        We are sure that Mr. Poole and family have the sympathies of their numerous friends and former fellow citizens of this place in this sad and serious misfortune.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Horrible death


Ogden Standard 1905-08-11

Locked in a car where he had concealed himself for the purpose of stealing a ride, a colored man, supposed to be William Anthony met an awful death by suffocation at Morgan, 30 miles east of here, yesterday.
The car in which the man had concealed himself was loaded with furniture and was being hauled west on train No. 53, known as the California expedite, one of the fastest freight trains running over the Union Pacific lines.  Yesterday the train was in charge of [sic] conductor Miller.
When near Morgan station smoke was discovered coming from a crevice in the door of the car.
  This discovery led to the belief that something was wrong and a special stop was made at Morgan to set out the car and to investigate the origin of the smoke.  The seals on the car were broken and the door swung open.  As this was done a great volume of smoke issued from the doorway.  After a short time, during which pails of water had been secured, employees were able to enter the car where a gruesome sight met their gaze.

      Ling [sic] upon the floor was the body of the colored man, his features showing plainly the torture that he had endured, as he struggled to make himself heard above the rumbling of the train.  It is supposed that the fellow had lighted a cigarette and then, fallen asleep, the lighted cigarette fell from his fingers, setting fire to the excelsior used to pack the furniture.
  One can only imagine the poor fellows agony, when he was awakened by the flames and realized that he was in a position where nothing short of a miracle could save him from an awful death.  The inside of the car showed evidence of Anthony's struggle against a horrible fate.  His hands bore traces of being bruised by his efforts to free himself, which he is supposed to have made after he saw that it was beyond his power to extinguish the flames.
   The fire was put out by the railroad men and an investigation showed that a large portion of the contents had been badly damaged.  The car, containing the body, was held at Morgan.  Efforts are being made to locate Anthony's relatives.

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