|Death: ||Jun. 27, 1903|
A fatal and most distressing accident occurred yesterday afternoon, at about 8 o'clock, at the Rolling mill.
William Burke, a "handy man" at the mill was at the manhole to the sewer in front of the boilers, engaged in the task of flushing the sewer to get rid of the accumulations of scale from the rolls.
The man hole is covered by a heavy iron plate 3 feet by 6 feet in size and one inch thick, weighing perhaps 400 pounds.
In the course of his work Burke had raised this plate and had propped it up with a crow bar. He was lying upon the ground directing a stream of water from a hose into the sewer and it is supposed that in moving around he kicked the crow bar and the heavy plate crashed down upon his head, striking him across the right temple at the level of the eyes.
His skull was fearfully crushed, so much so that the eyes protruded. He was unconscious when picked up.
Drs. Swigart and McCullum were instantly summoned and they removed the dying man to Mrs. Burkes Hospital. Surgical skill could avail nothing against such a terrible blow and at half past five the end came, Mr. Burke never having regained consciousness.
Mr. Burke was son of Mr. and Mrs. Burke of 618 Cedar street and a brother to Mrs. Paul Bath. He was about 40 years of age, a widower with no children.
He was by profession a druggist, but had not followed that occupation during the ten years he lived in Laramie. He was employed at one time as bookkeeper at the Tie Plant here, but bad lately worked as a handy man about the Rolling mill and was in charge of a gang of men at the time or his death.
The deceased was a Mason and it is probable that the funeral will be held on Monday under the auspices of that order.
His brother Mr. Baen Burke has been summoned from Evanston and his cousin, Mr. Ed Burke came over last night from Cheyenne. The deceased was a steady straight forward man, quiet and reserved in his habits, but a general favorite and will be much missed in Laramie where very general sympathy is for his bereaved parents and relations.
This is the fourth Laramie man, who, while in the prime of his life has been killed within the last week.
© Laramie Boomerang no. 96 June 28, 1903, page 1
Gustav William Burke (1834 - 1915)
Johannah Burke (____ - 1936)
Hannah Burke Pennock (____ - 1930)*
Freda Burke Neal (____ - 1937)*
William E. Burke (____ - 1903)
Claude Burke (____ - 1963)*
Gustave William Burke (1864 - 1916)*
Reinhold Burke (1873 - 1931)*
Plot: Row UO Lot 81 Space 8
Created by: Lostnwyomn
Record added: Sep 13, 2011
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