Charlie Hannon

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
July 11, 1907, Page 1
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Crushed By Cars.
Charlie Hannon Meets Horrible Death.
While Swinging Freight Is Knocked Off
By Coal Chute and Falls Beneath Wheels.

Charlie Hannon, son of Mr. Zeph Hannon, whose home was near the Jones Crossing, two miles from the city, met a horrible death Tuesday afternoon, while swinging a freight train at Rogers Station.

It seems that young Hannon and several other boys about the same age, concluded they would swing a freight that was going very slow.  Hannon was the one nearest to the coal chutes at the station.  He intended, it is supposed, to gain the top of the cars.  However, if he noticed the chutes, the posts of which stand almost within a foot of the cars as they pass by it, he must have missed his calculation, for as the car he was on came up to the post his body went against the first one and he was knocked to the ground, falling under the wheels.  Half the train passed over his body before the cars were stopped and his lifeless, mangled form dragged from beneath the wheels.  His arms, legs and head were cut off, leaving only the upper part of his body untouched.  He presented a ghastly spectacle.  The other boys jumped off before reaching the chutes.

The accident is deeply regretted by the friends of the young man and his family, who stand among the very best in the community.  The young man’s father was serving on the traverse jury when the news of his son’s tragic death reached him.  He was overcome with grief at the sad information.

The funeral of young Hannon took place from the Presbyterian church in this city yesterday afternoon at three o’clock, the remains being interred at Oak Hill.

[Resolutions of respect by the Rebecca’s Chapel Sunday School were published August 1, 1907, page 4.]


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