Samuel Cannon

Track Sweeper Killed by Engine

Map depicting the East End areas of Clarksburg WV


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.

Stock image of steam engine

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

Advertisement for the Clifford Osborne Undertaking Company, the company that handled the remains and funeral of Samuel Cannon

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.

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