Archive for Sunday, August 7, 2011

100 years ago: Railroad laborer killed in accident at freight yard; young boy saves companion from Kaw drowning

August 7, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 7, 1911:

  • “A Mexican laborer by the name of Francisco Sandoval was crushed to death under his bunk car in the Santa Fe yards early yesterday morning. The Mexican was sleeping under the car as the hot night made it too uncomfortable to remain inside. About 2 o’clock the crew of a freight train that was switching in the yards backed into the laborers’ camp and not knowing that the man was under the cars struck it and pushed it onto the sleeper. Dr. H. T. Jones was summoned to take care of the man but it was evident from the beginning that the man could not survive the accident and he died about an hour later in the Santa Fe depot where he had been taken. Francisco Sandoval was employed as a section hand by the Santa Fe railroad. He was about 30 years of age.”
  • “Quick action on the part of a ten-year-old boy kept the treacherous Kaw river from claiming another victim Saturday afternoon. Several boys were swimming below the dam when one of them, Robert Wilson, got into water that was too deep for him and after vainly trying to swim ashore for a short time sank beneath the surface of the water. His companions on the bank saw him go down and one of them, Wilbur Brown, hastily procured a long pole that was lying on the dam and, swimming out into the water, had it waiting for the drowning youth when he came up. The boy grabbed for the pole and hung on while his companion pulled him out of the deep water and landed him safely. It was a brave deed and only quick head work and action avoided the second drowning of the season.”


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