|Birth: ||Nov. 20, 1868|
|Death: ||Aug. 13, 1903|
Monument is located in the South Half, West Quarter of the cemetery. This is on the right as you enter the cemetery.
Truckee Republican, August 15, 1903 –
TEAMSTER MEETS AN AWFUL DEATH—
Joseph George, a Chute-team Driver at Hobart Mills, Dragged to Eternity at the Heels of a Runaway Team Thursday Evening----Inquest Today.
After seven hours of terrible suffering, Joseph George died at Overton yesterday morning as the result of injuries he received in a runaway accident near that place shortly before six o'clock Thursday evening. The remains were brought to Truckee yesterday afternoon by Ed Conners and are now lying in McDougald's undertaking parlors awaiting an inquest, which was held by Deputy Coroner Hill last evening at eight o'clock. After hearing the testimony of several witnesses a verdict was brought in stating that the deceased had came to his death as the result of a runaway accident. No blame was attached to anyone.
Mr. George, who was quite well known in Truckee, had been employed in the woods by the Hobart Mills Company for the past two months. He was engaged in driving what is known as the chute team. One of his duties consisted of keeping the log chutes clear and when a timer would become fastened in the runway he would hitch his team to the log and keep it going on its course.
He had completed his work Thursday afternoon and was starting for camp, riding on one of his horses. Enroute he met a fellow chute-team driver engaged in loosening a jam, the logs as they met each other creating such a noise that Mr. George's team became frightened and plunging suddenly to one side threw the rider, his head striking
heavily on the ground. In falling one of Mr. George's feet became entangled in the harness and, unable to free himself, he was literally dragged to death by the frightened team, which ran over the rough ground, dragging the helpless form of Mr. George behind. At each jump the body would strike a boulder or tree stump and was whirled around as if it were a whip cord.
To add horror to the accident a number of Mr. George's fellow employees and friends stood by helpless witnesses to his awful predicament. It was not until the team had proceeded some distance and the imprisoned man fatally injured that the frightened horses were brought to a standstill.
With all possible haste Mr. George was released from his position and tender hands carried the bleeding and torn form of the partially conscious man to a nearby house. The local physician was called, and to insure the injured man getting every attention possible, Dr. Shoemaker of Truckee was also summoned. During the rest of the evening the two physicians made a hard struggle to keep the flame of life within the battered body, but without avail, for just as the hour of one o'clock was tolled the spirit of the suffering man went to meet its Maker.
Mr. George's injuries were such that there was no hope for his recovery. His entire right side was torn and bruised, at least three ribs being broken. Of these, it is stated that the broken ends had penetrated the right lung. One side of the man's head was severely fractured. His chin was cut open and his arm and hand were also injured.
For the past eleven years Mr. George and his brother Manuel spent the summer season in this sections working for nearly all the prominent lumber men. He was a hard working and industrious man, popular with all and his death has caused sorrow among those that knew him in life.
Deceased was a native of Portugal, aged 35 years to mourn his loss he leaves a mother and two sisters, who reside in Portugal and one brother, Manuel George who is employed at Hobart Mills. The funeral will take place from the Catholic Church in Truckee at two o'clock tomorrow afternoon.
Created by: Chaun Owens-Mortier
Record added: Mar 23, 2008
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