June 26, 2014

Salesman Killed in Freak Accident at Saw Mill, 1909



[March 19, 1909] -


Manly C. Albright, of Brodhead, traveling salesman for Stratton & Terstegge, met with a most horrible and tragic death Tuesday.  He had gone to W. M. Bullock's place of business about four miles south of here to sell that gentleman a bill of hardware.  Mr. Bullock was at his saw mill and the deceased stopped at the mill to see him.  It was about dinner time and Mr. Bullock asked Manly to go over and take dinner with him.  Passing out of the mill shed, they had to pass over the saw shaft, which was running at full speed.  Mr. Bullock passed over in safety, but the long overcoat worn by young Albright, caught on a set screw as he was passing over and in the twinkle of an eye his body wrapped about the whizzing saw rig and his life instantly beaten out, against the heavy timbers as he was whirled through the air.  Messrs John Marler, W. M. Bullock and James Johnson witnessed the awful occurrence and as best they were able to tell, the shaft made between five hundred and a thousand revolutions, before they were able to stop the engine.  The body was badly cut and bruised and there was hardly an unbroken bone in the body.  Undertaker Granville Owens, came up from Brodhead and he with Mr. A. B. Furnish and others went to the eventful spot picked up the body, which had already been cared for as best it could, by Mr. and Mrs. Marler, and others, and brought it to Mt. Vernon when it was shipped to his home at Brodhead.  Mr. J. C. McClary, the Stanford undertaker met the body there and prepared it for burial, which took place yesterday, near McKinney, Lincoln county.

But few young men could claim a wider circle of admiring friends than he.  His polite and genial manners, honesty, integrity and faithfulness to every trust won him the esteem, confidence and admiration wherever he was known.

No bronze or marble shaft, no splendor of ancient or modern tombs and no play of immortal genius can adorn the memory of such manly men.  Their lives, their deeds, their influence, living or dead, and their pure aspirations are the monuments that will keep their names burning in the home and the hearts of kindred and brethren, while the flying moments are dimming with their dust and rust the inscription upon the brightest obelisk in the cemetery.

While the silence of death wraps and chills us at this moment, memories, sweet and precious, come crowding in.

The remains were laid to rest yesterday the I.O.O.F's of which order he was an honored member, officiating. [1] 


[1] "Horrible Death." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. March 19, 1909. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1909-03-19/ed-1/seq-3/


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