Known g.t.r. brakeman killed
Harry Parker of Port
run over by his own train
and dies of injuries
A lamentable accident
happened in the G.T.R. yards near Union Street here on Tuesday just
before eleven o'clock, which resulted in a very well-known and
popular G.T.R. employee losing his life.
The victim was Mr. H. H.
Parker of Port Rowan, who was formerly conductor of the branch
train, but who, since the reduction in service had been braking.
He was standing on the top of
a freight car, very close to the opening between it and another
According to they story of an
eye-witness of the accident, the locomotive of the north freight was
proceeding to move the three freights, on one of which Parker was
standing from the rear to the front of the train.
In coupling to them Parker
appeared to be jostled and seemed to make a grab as if to catch a
brake wheel. Instead he lost his balance and fell between two cars.
He struck his head violently
against the further car and must have been seriously injured from
that impact. He body crashed on to the ground and four wheels passed
over it, crushing both legs between the torso and knees.
A nurse and doctor were
summoned and as quickly as a locomotive ever made the trip the
unfortunate man was rushed to the hospital at Woodstock. He was,
however two severely injured and he breathed his last a few minutes
after three p.m., just about the time his grief stricken wife was
leaving the Simcoe station to go to him.
Mr. Parker came to the South
Norfolk run about 15 years ago. He was  years of age. His widow
was, before her marriage, Miss Leota Ellis, daughter of the late
Joseph Ellis of Port Rowan. There survive him three daughters, girls
of varying ages from  to .
The funeral to Bayview
Cemetery will take place tomorrow (Friday) at 1:30 p.m. The body was
taken to Port Rowan on the noon train yesterday. The Masonic
fraterity is in charge.
A coroner's jury, was
empanelled at Woodstock and viewed the remains. An adjournment was
then made until Friday evening, when the evidence will be taken.