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Title: Obituaries Williamsport, IN. Warren Review-Thursday, September 7, 1893 Edition
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The aged father of the Citizen boys of this place died at the home of Cal about 8 p.m. Saturday. The funeral services were held Monday after which interment was made at Pine Village. "A man has been killed at the shale banks," was the startling news heralded o'er our streets Thursday afternoon and it was soon found that it was too true. Joseph Randal was the victim: The facts of the terrible affair are as follows: He, in company with several other teamsters, were hauling shale from the banks on Dick Hetfield's farm, at the foot of the hill at Young's cut. Randal had unloaded at the clay factory and returned to the bank for another load, passing one of the teamsters at Coal Creek Bridge and was followed in about fifteen minutes by John Sharon, who, when he arrived near the bank, heard loud groaning. He of course was alarmed and jumped off of his wagon, ran around to where Randal's wagon was standing , to find that the bank had caved in and fully four tons of dirt and shale had fallen, catching randal, striking him on the head crushing him down against the rear wheel of the wagon in a sitting position, his body being completely covered. Sharon began to remove the dirt and shale, using the strength of the powerful man that he is, but he could not lift some of the heavy pieces, and jumping in his wagon drove to the wooden mills where he had passed several men to get their assistance. They soon arrived and took the unfortunate man from under the debris, but death had claimed him, and Dr. YOung, who was in the party, said he would be soon dead. He lived but a few minutes and spoke but once. Both his legs were broken, and his right arm above his elbow, his beast was crushed in and a deep gash across the top of his head. It is supposed that he was loading his wagon and did not notice the caving in of the shale until it crushed him to the earth. The remains were conveyed to his home where a scene took place that would have melted the strongest heart. He left his wife and two children only a few hours before well and hearty and was brought back to them a corpse. THe deceased was a hard working, honest man, who had the respect of all who knew him and his sad death has cast a gloom over all. -Veedersburg News

Date: 9/7/1893
Origin: Warren review extracted from microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003421
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 2/25/2014
Entered By: Chris Brown

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