J. P. H. Givens

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
August 13, 1908, Page 1
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Mashed Under Boiler
Mechanic in Employ of L. & N. Railroad.
His Body Pierced By Iron Bolt and Pinioned in Agony for More Than an Hour.

J. P. H. Givens, a machinist employed by the L. & N. railroad, was horribly crushed by a boiler, at the transfer yard, last Friday morning and died from his injuries at a Sanitarium in Atlanta, on Saturday.

Givens and some other men were lifting a boiler from a flat car on to a new coal hoist.  After the boiler had been lifted on to the coal hoist the rope broke and let the boiler fall. The boiler caught Givens’ body between it and the track of the coal hoist.  A bolt on the side of the boiler entered the abdominal cavity, causing the bowels to protrude. It was some time before the suffering man could be extricated from his position and the heroic manner in which he bore the ordeal of the situation was a matter of wonder, as it was more than an hour before he was taken out and that after all the efforts possible.

Givens was carried to the office of Dr. A. T. Calhoun, and the ugly wound dressed.  It was decided that the best thing to be done was to carry him to a hospital and a private sanitarium in Atlanta was the place selected.  Dr. Calhoun accompanied Givens to Atlanta.  The injured man survived until he reached the sanitarium, where all possible attention was given him.  He only lingered a little while before death claimed him.

Givens’ home was at Etowah, Tenn.  He had just gone to work for the L. & N. railroad.  He leaves a wife and children at Etowah.  His parents live at Louisville, Ky., and he was taken to that city for burial.  He was about 28 or 30 years of age.


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