|Birth: ||Sep., 1882|
|Death: ||May 4, 1905|
New Castle News 10 May 1905 p.1
ENGINE BLEW UP AND FIREMAN KILLED
The explosion of a B.&O. locomotive, at DeForest early Thursday morning caused the death of Alexander Patterson a young fireman and seriously injured M.G. Kelly, a well known engineer, both of the Seventh ward, the former residing on South Cedar street and the latter on North Liberty street. Both men were in the cab of the engine, which was drawing a freight train from Painesville to New Castle Junction when the awful accident occurred. The remains of Patterson were shipped to the home of his parents in Wampum, and Engineer Kelly was taken to a hospital at Youngstown. W.H. Waldron, the headend brakeman, was also scalded and is at the hospital with Kelly.
The locomotive on which Kelly and Patterson were working was drawing a train from Painsville to New Castle Junction on what is known as the Snake branch, and from the information received by the News, were just pulling into DeForest when the engine blew up, the boiler of the big iron hog being literally blown to pieces. Patterson was covered with steam and debris and must have met instant death while Kelly, who was tossed out of the right side of the locomotive did not fare quite so badly. The first news of the accident was sent to Schribbers boarding house in the Seventh ward where it was supposed that Patterson was boarding. The Schribers notified Mrs. Margaret Greer, a relative of Mrs. Patterson, and then became the sad duty of this lady to inform the bereaved wife of the loss of her husband.
Mrs. Kelly received word from the same source and hurried to Youngstown, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Raney, with whom she lived several years before her marriage to Mr. Patterson. (sic)
Alexander Patterson who was killed, was born in Wampum, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Patterson, of that place. He was just 23 years of age at the time of his death, and had been married nearly four years. About four months ago he secured a position on the B.&O. as fireman and proved a hard-working and faithful young man. He brought his young wife, who was Miss Ruth King, of Wampum, and now just 19 years of age, to the Seventh ward with their baby daughter almost three years of age, and the little family went to housekeeping on South Cedar street.
The young husband, who met such an untimely death was very much devoted to his wife and child, and was characterized for his modest manners and good habits. His death comes as an irreparable loss to his parents, wife and child, who have the sympathy of all who know them. His remains will be buried at Wampum and the date of the funeral will be announced later.
New Castle News 10 May 1905 p.3
The remains of the late Alexander Patterson, who met death in the DeForest accident, were taken Thursday evening, to the home of his wife's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George King, of Wampum. Mr. Patterson, who was 23 years of age, is survived by his wife and an infant daughter, Nellie. He also leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Patterson, of Wampum, and three brothers and three sisters, all at home. They are: John, Louis Jr., Harry and the Misses Dora, Julia and Leora.
Lewis Mahan Patterson (1857 - 1933)
Emma M Webster Patterson (1860 - 1902)
Alexander Patterson (1882 - 1905)
Harry James R Patterson (1895 - 1952)*
Leona Mae Patterson Shields (1901 - 1977)*
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Record added: Oct 20, 2009
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