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Title: Obituaries Williamsport, IN. Warren Review - Thursday, February 12, 1891 Edition
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Run Down By Train 68 George Mong, an old Citizen of Warren County, Struck and Killed by the East-bound Accommodation near the cemetery About 5 o'clock yesterday word was brought to the station that a man had been struck and probably killed by the 4:40 afternoon accommodation, known as train No. 68, which had left here eastbound just a few moments before Dr. Swank was summoned by George Mckinney who saw the man struck, and with others repaired to the scene. They found the body of the unfortunate man lying with the head to the east and facing the track, about twenty feet away from the rails, down the embankment of the small fill, which is situated about one half the distance between the Held and Gemmer crossings. This was probably twenty-five minutes after the man had been struck, and life was extinct. The heavy train, which was going at a terrible rate, as it is down grade all the way, was unable to stop until it had run nearly to the Barnhart quarry. Conductor Adams back his train to the scene, and finding the man dead ran on to Attica, and reported the matter here, when the section men went out and brought the body in about 6:00 o'clock, when it was identified as that of George Mong of Marshfield. The Evidence held at the undertaker's rooms about 8 o'clock by deputy Coroner Ivans, together with his verdict, we give below. It seems that Mr. Mong came to Williamsport yesterday morning on the local, and stopped off to await the passenger, which does not stop at Marshfield. He stated to parties here that he was on his way to Covington to attend court, where he had a case set that day for trial. Later in the day other parties saw him in Covington, and came up as far as Attica about 3 p.m. with him on the train. Some state that he had been drinking and others state the contrary; however it is said he was a man that did sometimes indulge. Nothing more was seen of him until Mrs. Mckinney saw him walking on the railroad towards the place near where he was killed. She saw him go down upon the track and heard the engineer's repeated signals and turned away to avoid seeing him struck. George McKinney hearing the signals ran out to a clear view of the track just in time to see the man raise up on his hands and turn his body right side to the enjine and obliquely across the track, and saw him thrown about twenty feet to the right. Mr. McKinney ran to the scene and found the man unconscious, but still breathing, with the blood pouring from his mouth and nostils. From the evidence it appears to be a question whether the affair was purely accidental, and we have not sufficient data to clear the matter. Upon his person was found a large bill book containing several papers of various values and $7.05 in cash, a heavy silver hunting case watch valued at abut $12, several keys, a pocket knife, a comb, and a small seven shot revolver which had never been used, and a box of 22 caliber cartridges. The watch when taken from his pocket at 8:30 was uninjured and keeping perfect time. In addition to the right arm and leg being broken, ugly gashes were cut across the chin, the lower jawbone being broken; the forehead crushed in and a ugly gash above the right eye, with a long cut upon the right upper portion of the head where the skull was crushed. It is thought that these wounds about the head produced death. No blame is attached to the company or its employees as all possible effort was made to stop the train. The following is evidence taken before the coroner: Evidence in the case of the body found on the Wabash Railroad, in the county of Warren, State of Indiana: Dr. Swank being duly sworn testified as follows: Was called by George McKinney about twenty minutes after 5 o'clock p.m. to see a man that had been knocked from the track between this place and Attica. Found him dead, one leg being broken below the knee and several scalp wounds. Think it was the injuries about the head that caused immediate death. Charles Northcutt being duly sworn testified as follows: I saw the engine strike him about 5 o'clock. When the engine came up to him he seemed to turn his body, so I think the cowcatcher struck him in the side. I heard the train whistle that caused me to look. I ran down to where he was lying and he was still breathing, but was dead when I got back from town after giving the report. Train was going east. It was the accommodation. He was lying on his belly and raised up his hands. It looked to me as if he wanted to be killed. The enjine was about one hundred and fifty yards from him when I first saw him. I think he might have gotten off. William Swartz being duly sworn testified as follows: I saw the corpse lying beside the Wabash Railroad track about 5 o'clock. It was lying with the head to the east about 15 or 20 feet from the main track. Life was extinct. His right leg was broken and he was considerably cut about the head. I am satisfied that this is George Mong of Marshfield, Ind. Conorner's verdict: I find by the evidence taht the cause of the death of George Mong [was] by being strck by Wabash engine No. 563, attached to train No. 68 on the Wabash Railroad, on the 11th day of February 1891. Mr. Mong was was one among the oldest settlers in Warren County, having come to this county from Virginia about 50 years ago when he settled near Marshfield, where he has since lived. At one time he was considered one of the wealthiest and most reliable of the early Warren settlers. Of last years he has met with several financial reverses, and it is said that these with domestic discouragements had greatly changed the old gentleman, who had reached the age of about three score and fifteen. Parties arrived from Marshfield about 10 p.m., and ordered Mr. Correll to prepare the body for burial, which he did, and it was taken to Marshfield today on the 10:28 train. Funeral services will be held at Marshfield Friday, when the remails will be interred in the Shankland Cemetery. Died at the residence of her son-in-law, Curt Jones near Winthrop, Mrs. Martindale of cancer, aged about 75. Mrs. Martindale has been a long sufferer and has withstood it without a murmur. She will be missed by the family in the future, as her loving counsel and kind advice was always ready for those needing help.

Date: 2/12/1891
Origin: Warren Review extracted from microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003300
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 10/23/2013
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Chris Brown

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