Benjamin F. Leach

 
The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
June 4, 1891, page 1
 
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Killed By Cars.
Fatal Accident at Bufford’s Last Thursday Afternoon.
Mr. Benjamin Leach Ran Over and Injured by Cars and Breaths His Last Soon Afterwards.

On the evening of Thursday 28th ultimo, an accident happened to Mr. Benjamin F. Leach, at Buford’s, which caused his death.

Mr. Leach was one of the foremen at the Wild Cat ore mines, and after the work for the day had closed he, with Mr. John Brown, a near neighbor, put the section flat car on the track of the Rogers railroad and pushed it for about a half mile to where Mr. Leach was going for two hogs. The grade was very steep all the way coming back, averaging about two feet to the hundred.

The car, loaded with the men and hogs, was soon under good headway. Any one with a bit of knowledge about railroading can imagine the momentum to be gained on a grade like this.

When the car was near the point of stopping Mr. Brown commenced to brake with a short stick, in the usual manner, by placing the stick between the top of one of the wheels and the body of the car. He soon found that as fast as he could get the brake in position the fast revolving wheels knocked it out. In his efforts to apply the brake Mr. Brown lost his equilibrium and fell to the ground, badly bruising his body. About fifty yards further Mr. Leach saw a switch open and at once jumped from the car, and was thrown with terrific force against the track and ties, his head striking an iron rail. He was carried home in an unconscious condition. Dr. Battle was sent for and responded promptly, but the wounded man was beyond the reach of human skill. Relatives and friends hastened to render assistance to the sufferer, but all was in vain—at two o’clock Friday morning his spirit passed away.

With the dawn of the morrow the news spread and it had the effect of casting a gloom of intense sorrow over the community around Bufford. There seemed to be the hush of death on every side. Mr. Bob Renfroe ordered all work at the mines suspended until noonday.

The deceased leaves a wife and six little children, who have the sympathy of all. His remains were interred at the Stamp Creek cemetery Saturday, Rev. Mr. Roberts conducting the services.

Mr. Leach had been in the employ of Major Renfroe for nearly seven years and was held in high esteem by all with whom he came in contact. A true man, a loving father and husband, a kind neighbor and friend is no more.


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Page 8.

Stamp Creek.

The remains of Mr. B. F. Leach were interred here on last Saturday. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. F. B. Roberts. The bereaved wife and fatherless little ones have the sympathy of the entire community.

 

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