Robert J. Smith

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
October 31, 1895, Page 4
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His Fatal Ride—Robert J. Smith is found mangled and dying on a car. He was from Buffalo, N. Y. He was discovered after the train stopped at Cartersville and is taken down and expires—was bound for Atlanta. [Long article—an excerpt: “By papers found on the man it was discovered that he was Robert J. Smith, of Buffalo, N. Y., and that he was a railroad switchman. He had receipts showing dues paid up to January, 1896, in the American Railway Union, and receipts showing dues paid to November 1 st, 1895, in the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. He had copies of the constitution of both orders and traveling cards of the same. In his pocket was also found a telegram sent from Auburn, N. Y., saying “ Alice died 9 a. m. Funeral money. Answer.” It was signed “Will Smith.” Notes in his memorandum book showed that he had left Buffalo at 10 p. m., 21 st instant, that he reached Cleveland 12:30 p. m., 23d, and Cincinnati 10:00 p. m. 24 th. In his pants pocket was found a roll of bills, being six ten dollar bills, and also 29 cents in change. There were found also in the same and other pockets a gold watch, a room key, a switch key and pocket-knife, besides minor cards papers &c., besides those already mentioined.”


November 7, 1895, Page 3:

The remains of the man Smith, who was found mangled and dying on top of the vestibuled train last week and afterwards died here, were shipped by express to Buffalo, N. Y., his home, on Thursday evening.


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