New Albany, IN Fatal Fall from Telephone Pole, Feb 1905

Mitchell Commercial newspaper, Mitchell, IN
Thursday 9 February 1905

Dean CROOK Hurt Friday Morning, Died Saturday

Dean CROOK, well known in Mitchell, grandson of Mrs. J. V. Smith, and for a long time employed as electrician at the Lehigh Portland Cement Plant, but later in the employ of the Southern Indiana Traction Co., received a fall Friday from the effects of which he died Saturday afternoon.

The remains were brought here Monday forenoon and the funeral held from the Baptist Church, after which the remains were buried in the Mitchell Cemetery.

Dean made friends wherever he went and had a happy faculty of adjusting himself to whatever his surroundings. He was handy at anything and cheerful in all things. We do not remember ever seeing him out of humor and do not know that he had an enemy.

He was always at work and had a pretty fair knowledge of electricity, having worked some time on our telephone system in its early days. We very much lament this sad accident. He leaves a wife and four children, who certainly have the sympathy of all, in this their sorest affliction.

The following account of the accident we take from the Louisvile Herald Saturday morning:

Dean CROOK, residing at 32 Fifth Street, New Albany, was probably fatally injured in Jeffersonville yesterday morning by falling from a ladder and striking the back of his head against a stone. His head was split open and his right arm fractured.

The injured man, who has a wife and four children, is at the Deaconess Hospital, in Jeffersonville, where he is being attended by Dr. E. R. Perry, of New Albany, Dr. W. O. Roberts, of Louisville, Dr. D. C. Peyton, Dr. Marshall Varble and Dr. J. H. Baldwin, of Jeffersonville.

CROOK is employed by the Louisville and Southern Indiana Traction Company as an electrician, and he was putting up a trolley hanger at Twelfth and Spring Streets. He was on a ladder and his foot slipped, causing him to be precipated backward and headforemost to the ground.

The unconscious man was placed on an interurban car and conveyed to the office of the United Gas and Electric Company, where the five physicians named were hastily summoned. They had him removed to the Deaconess Hospital, and the most powerful tonics, hypodermically administered, were resorted to in order to revive him.

Late yesterday evening the physicians performed an operation on the injured man, raising the depressed bones, but there is hardly one chance in a thousand for his recovery.

Mrs. Crook went to Jeffersonville and, finding the serious nature of the injuries her husband had sustained, sent for the four children, who will remain at his bedside.
Seymour Daily Republican newspaper, Seymour, IN
Saturday 4 February 1905


Dean Crooks*, a lineman in the employ of the Louisville and Southern Indiana Traction Company at New Albany, fell twenty-two feet from a ladder Friday and received injuries from which he may died**.

He was replacing a trolly wire when he fell. Crooks formerly worked here some and is a brother-in-law of Herman Bartlett, of this city, his wife and Mr. Bartlett's wife being sisters.

Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett went to New Albany to see him. He was still alive this afternoon.

*Crooks is the name used
**"died" is used in the article
New Albany Evening Tribune newspaper, New Albany, IN Friday 3 Feb 1905: p4 c3

Dean Crooks* Sustains Fracture of His Skull

Dean Crooks*, a lineman in the employ of the Louisville and Southern Indiana Traction Company, who lives on East Fifth Street, was fatally injured by a fall from a ladder at the crossing of the Interurban line and the Baltimore and Ohio Southwestern railroad at 10 o'clock this morning.

He was taken to the office of the company in Jeffersonville where he was attended by Dr. ?. R. Perry. It was ascertained that he had sustained a fracture of the base of his skull and at last accounts he was in a dying condition.

Crooks* is thirty years of age and has a family.
*Crooks is the name used
New Albany Evening Tribune newspaper, New Albany, IN
Monday 6 Feb 1905

Dean Crooks, of this city, employed as an electrician on the interurban line, died Saturday night at the Deaconess Hospital of the injuries sustained by a fall from a ladder while repairing a trolley wire.

He was thirty-one years old and leaves a wife and four children.

The remains were taken today to Mitchell for interment.

Crooks was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge at Seymour.

He was the first employee in the electrical department of the traction company to meet death by accident.
From the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias of Indiana; New Castle, IN

On 30 June 1901, Dean Crook is one of 14 persons accepted as a New Member of First Rank.

On 30 June 1905, in the semi-annual report, J. Dean Crook, rank of Knight, is reported as died in the first half of 1905.
The Brownstown Banner newspaper, Brownstown, IN
Wednesday 8 February 1905
Front Page; Column 6

Fatal Fall from A Telephone Pole.
From Medora Items.

Word was received here that Dean Crook, of New Albany, fell from a telephone pole at Jeffersonville, Friday, and sustained injuries which resulted in his death. He was repairing a telephone line and fell about twenty feet. The accident was caused by his shoes having snow on the soles, which caused him to slip. The funeral was held at Mitchell, Monday. His wife was Miss Hattie Wayman, formerly of this place, and is well known here. She and her four children have the sympathy of many Medora friends.

ALSO: "Medora Melange" column, Page 6, Column 1
Will and Curtis Wayman went to New Albany to attend the funeral of Dean Crook.

The Brownstown Banner newspaper, Brownstown, IN
Wednesday 15 February 1905
Page 6, Column 1
"Medora Melange"

Mrs. Hattie Crook, whose husband's death was mentioned last week, has come home to stay with her parents for a short time.
From Family Search.org
John D. Crooke
Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920
birth: 1876
death: 04 Feb 1905 Jeffersonville,? Indiana
name: John D. Crooke
event: Death
event date: 04 Feb 1905
event place: Jeffersonville, Indiana
age: 29
estimated birth year: 1876
gender: Male
race: W
source location: County Health Office, M Varble
source notes: The source of this record is the book H-29 on page 3 within the series produced by the Indiana Works Progress Administration

Mitchell City Cemetery
Lawrence County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Tirey Addition, Lot 43-A [Edit Plot]
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