|Birth: ||Sep. 7, 1864|
|Death: ||May 3, 1888|
The La Camas Accident
Particulars of How Matchett Met Death - An Accident Policy of $1500.
The following particulars of the accidental death of W.R. Matchett, foreman of the La Camas lumber yard, were received yesterday; He was engaged with a number of men in unloading a car of lumber on the wharf. The men unloaded one side of the car and this caused it to lilt over to one side and force the wheel block out of the way. The car started down the grade toward the Columbia, Matchett ran ahead to throw the switch open so the car would not go into the river. He succeeded in this and then jumped to one side.
Immediately back of him was a pile of lumber, and as the car came down and swung into the switch with a jerk, it threw off the lumber piled on its side. Matchett did not have time to escape and the whole load of lumber fell upon and crushed him against the lumber pile at his back. Death was instantaneous. From the shoulders down his body was horribly mashed, and his bones were broken like pipe stems. The face and head were unscarred.
Mr. Matchett was insured for $1500 in the Employers' Liability Assurance Company of London, which amount his widow will receive.
Published in the Oregonian (Portland, Oregon) on Saturday, May 5, 1888.
Minnie J. Bybee Buckner (1868 - 1927)*
William Robert Matchett (1888 - 1929)*
Plot: Sec E, Blk 15, Lot 5
Maintained by: Leslie P. Fowers
Originally Created by: Bonnie
Record added: Jan 21, 2011
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