Track Sweeper Killed by Engine
SAMUEL CANNON MET DEATH YESTERDAY EVENING AT CLARKSBURG YARDS.
The Fairmont West Virginian., September 20, 1906, page 2
CLARKSBURG. Sept. 20– Samuel Cannon, track sweeper in the East End railroad yards, was run down and killed instantly by yard engine No. 1628 shortly before four o’clock this afternoon. The engine backed over him severing the trunk of the body and cutting one leg off. The remains are now at the Clifford Osborne Undertaking establishment.
Engineman Patrick Judge, who was in charge of the engine which ran the unfortunate man down, was busily watching the signals of the train crew and started back without watching the track sweeper. It appears that Cannon had just stepped in behind the engine as it passed forward and did not expect it to back up so soon.
Cannon was forty-five years of age and was single. He has been here for a number of years and has been with the railroad company in the capacity of track sweeper for a number of years. He boarded with Mrs. Delker in the East End of the city. He came here from Ohio and it is said he has no relatives in this immediate section.
The Daily Telegram., September 22, 1906
The funeral of Samuel Cannon, the track sweeper, who was killed in the local railroad yards Thursday afternoon, will be held at the morgue chapel of the Clifford-Osborne Undertaking Company at 10 o’clock Sunday morning, Rev. R. B. McDanel conducting the services, and interment will be in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery. His people reside in Ohio but were not located, efforts to find them being futile.