Marshcreek, PA Sawmill Accident, Apr 1908


John Hasker Killed in Matson's Mill at Marshcreek Last Thursday.

Mr. John Hasker, aged 42, foreman of Mr. Edwin Matson's sawmill at Marshcreek, was almost instantly killed just before noon last Thursday. He was engaged and had climbed up on on a beam to oil a shaft, but in descending he slipped and fell into a hole a foot or more across and of considerable length, beneath which was a six-inch line-shaft.

The sleeve of his coat caught on a key, which fastened a pulley to the shaft and drew him into the hole, winding his right arm around the shaft and breaking the member in several places before the arm was torn off at the shoulder. His head was drawn against the pulley and his lower jaw was nearly wrenched off, his entire face and the upper part of the body being terribly mangled.

Mr. Hasker was wedged so tightly against the shaft that the machinery stopped and had it not been far this, the results would have been far more terrible. Workmen nearby were powerless to aid him, for the accident happened so quickly that Mr. Hasker was beyond human help before the men could reach him. The injured man was released, but lived only a few minutes afterward.

John Hasker was born October 12, 1858, and married Miss Eva Derbyshire, of Marshcreek, in 1887, who with their three children, Mary, Carrie and Carl, survive him.

Mr. Hasker was a member of the Baptist church and was always a useful, exemplary and highly esteemed citizen. he was a devoted husband and father, a true friend to those deserving his friendship and his death is mourned by all who knew him.

The funeral was held on Sunday at the Marshcreek Baptist church, Rev. Claude G. Langford, of Wellsboro, officiating; burial in the Wellsboro cemetery.

The Wellsboro Agitator, Wellsboro, PA 22 Apr 1908