Marion, OH Railroad Yard Accident is Fatal, July 1907

The Marion Daily Mirror newspaper, Marion, OH
Thursday 25 July 1907; Page 5, Columns 1/2

Terrible Accident in the Erie Yards
Engineer Douglas Seriously Injured

Was Oiling His Engine When Helper Started Up -
Arm is Amputated at the Shoulder

Charles(sic) Douguas(sic), a locomotive engineer in the employ of the Erie road, was the victim of a horrible accident Thursday morning about eleven o'clock in the Erie yards. As a result Mr. Douglas had his right arm torn from the socket and his head badly bruised.

It appears that Engineer Douglas was oiling his engine while it was standing in the yards, and had his right arm extended through one of the rear wheels, in the process of oiling the inner side of the wheels.

His helper was standing nearby, and not knowing that Mr. Douglas had his hand through the wheel, started the engine. As a result the arm was crushed and torn in a frightful manner and the left arm cut and badly bruised.

The injured man was transferred to the Sawyer Sanatorium in the Hess ambulance. Dr. Carl Sawyer attended him and found it necessary to amputate the right arm at the shoulder.

The attending physicians hope to save the left arm although it may prove necessary to also amputate that member.
The Marion Daily Mirror newspaper, Marion, OH
Friday 26 July 1907; Page 5, Column 4

Samuel Douglas Dies At Midnight
Passes Away Without Gaining Consciousness
For Forty-Four Years Had Been In The Employ of the Erie Road -
Funeral Saturday

The death of Samuel Douglass(sic), one of the most popular and best known engineers of the Erie railroad occurred at the Sawyer Sanatorium at 12 o'clock last night as a result of fatal injuries sustained at the roundhouse at 11:30 o'clock Thursday morning.

Douglass(sic) never fully regained consciousness. His right arm was so badly torn as to necessitate amputation at the shoulder. His head was horribly cut and bruised, while the flesh on his left arm was torn and crushed. The sanatorium physicians think that death was caused wholly by external injuries, as no symptoms of internal injuries were disclosed. The loss of blood was great, and this, together with the shock, proved fatal.

For 44 years Mr. Douglass(sic) had been employed on the Erie road. He entered the service as fireman in the year 1863. Two years later he was promoted to the post of engineer. He was never in a wreck and during his long service is said to have never been off duty a day on account of an injury.

Before leaving the engine cab to oil the machine he was always particularly careful to close the throttle, and then to ensure safety would set the reverse lever in the safety notch. It is supposed that he was in the act of oiling the eccentrics when the hostler opened the throttle that hurled him to his death.

The engineer's home is in Galion. However, with his wife he had been visiting at his son's home, Charles Douglass(sic) of Girard Avenue. He is widely known in Galion and his sad demise will bring sorrow to scores of friends.

The deceased was aged 62 years. He was the father of two children, Charles, of this city, and William G. Douglass(sic), of Winchester, Kentucky. He was an active member of the Brotherhood of Railway Engineers. At the beginning of next year he would have been placed on the pension list of the Erie company, and he had remarked a few days ago to a fellow railroader that upon the day when he received his first pension money that would be the time when he would tender his resignation to the company.

The body was removed from the sanatorium early Friday morning and placed in the private morgue of Charles F. Hess, then shipped to Galion on No. 12 at 8:50 o'clock. Funeral services will be conducted from the home in that city on Saturday afternoon. A number of railroaders from this city will attend the funeral.

Samuel C. Douglas
Find A Grave Memorial# 105803864