Frank M. Layton

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
January 9, 1890, page 1
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A Sad Accident.
A Young Railroad Conductor Knocked From His Train.

Mr. Frank M. Layton, a conductor on the Alabama Great Southern railroad, met his death at Springville, Ala., last Friday morning, between 8 and 9 o’clock.

Conductor Layton’s train left Chattanooga the night before at 12:10 o’clock, going to Birmingham. It stopped at the Springville station where the conductor had to register. About 250 yards from the station is a water tank. Mr. Layton got on his train while it was in motion and walked on top of the box cars to his caboose. He had reached the caboose and was walking around the lookout on the extreme edge. Being a very tall man the spout of the water tank struck him, knocking him from the train and killing him instantly.

The remains of the young conductor were carried to Chattanooga and prepared for burial by members of the Order of Railway Conductors, division 148, to which organization he belonged. They were brought to this city, being accompanied by Conductor R. B. Stegall, secretary of the Chattanooga Division, Mr. George Davenport, of Division 105 at Meridian, Miss., and Mr. George B. Lumsden, of Chattanooga. There was no conductor on the Alabama Great Southern railroad more thought of by officers or men than Mr. Layton. He was about 35 years of age and was recently married, having only about three months ago led to the altar Miss Alice Ford, of this city.


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