Will Keys

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
March 29, 1900, page 1
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Fell Under a Train.
Will Keys Meets Death on the Rails Near Birmingham.

Will Keys, a young man raised at Emerson and well known in this section, fell from the top of a car on the Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham railroad, near Birmingham, last Friday and was so badly mangled that he died in about two hours.

He only recently secured a position on the road as brakeman, and was working the brake on top of the car, when the brake-wheel came off, and he was thrown to the track, the wheels of the car passing over him, mangling both of his legs and one arm.

He has worked at various things around Cartersville and was at one time engaged in the revenue service.  When the Spanish American war came on he enlisted in the Second Georgia and took a hand in quelling the negro riot while his company was stationed at Tampa.

He was unusually strong and vigorous and often exhibited feats of strength.

His remains were brought to Emerson Saturday night and buried in the cemetery at that place Sunday morning.


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