|Death: ||Aug. 28, 1940|
St. Lawrence County
New York, USA
The News, August 29, 1940
PVT. WOODROW CHARLES CANNON(sic), LeGore, Struck On Head By Pole
Struck on the head by a pole that slipped while being loaded on a freight car at Ogdensburg, N. Y. Wednesday afternoon, Woodrow Charles Cannon, 23, LeGore, died a few hours later in Hepburn Hospital in that city. Death was due to a fractured skull.
Cannon became the only casualty of the First Army maneuvers in northern New York. With members of his company, the Fifth Engineers, Fort Belvoir, Va., Cannon was loading heavy poles on a railroad freight car. In some manner one of the poles slipped and struck the LeGore man on the head. His company had remained after the army maneuvers last week for cleanup work.
The young man's mother, Mrs. Emma Cannon, LeGore, received a telegram from army officials shortly after the accident, stating her son had been critically injured. A short time later another message was received stating he had died of a fractured skull and his body would arrive in LeGore by train this morning.
Cannon was a private in the Fifth Engineers. He had completed on threeyear enlistment in the Medical Corps at Carlisle, Pa., and about 18 months ago reenlisted in the engineers. He was last home about two months ago, residents of the community said.
Cannon's father, Charles Cannon, was killed in a quarry accident at LeGore Lime Company plant 19 years ago, on June 6, 1921.
The man was engaged in digging dirt when a boulder estimated to have weighed two tons became dislodged and struck him across the shoulders as he stooped over. His head and chest were crushed and it was necessary to use jacks to remove the boulder. He formerly resided at Yellow Springs.
Young Cannon is survived by his mother, one brother, James H. Cannon, and a sister, Mrs. Catherine Ambrose, LeGore.
No arrangements have been made for the funeral.
The News, September 2, 1940
Full military honors were accorded Private Charles W. Cannon of the Fifth Engineers, U. S. Army, Fort Belvoir, Va., when his funeral services were held Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Cannon, a son of Mrs. Emma Cannon, LeGore, was killed last Wednesday afternoon when he was struck on the head by a pole that slipped while being loaded on a freight car at Ogdensburg, N.Y.
Services were held from the home of his mother in LeGore with final services at the Brookhill church at Yellow Springs. Rev. H. H. Schmidt, Woodsboro, officiated.
Forty members of the Engineers' Company to which young Cannon had belonged, attended and participated in the services. They were under the command of Lieut. John D. Newell. Members of the unit formed a firing squad and acted as pallbearers. The bugler sounded taps.
The services were largely attended and many floral emblems were presented. Interment was in the cemetery adjoining the Brookhill church. Powell and Albaugh, funeral directors.
Charles Ulysses Cannon (1875 - 1921)
Note: I am willing to transfer this memorial. He is not a relative.
Brook Hill Cemetery
Created by: Cari Aiken
Record added: Sep 23, 2011
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