|Birth: ||unknown, Sweden|
|Death: ||Oct. 22, 1908|
In a twinkling and without a moment's warning the life of Jacob Ford, a Western Union Lineman, was snuffed out last evening on one of the busiest, streets of Cheyenne and in the presence of many people.
Ford and his brother Ivor were engaged in the work of placing heavy arms on a new telegraph pole that had just been erected at the corner of Capitol avenue and Fifteenth street, opposite the Kabis cafe and in front, of the Union Pacific depot. Regular lineman's spurs were attached to Ford's boots and a lineman's belt was around his waist. The brothers were working rapidly to get through with one of the arms before quitting for the day, it being then a few minutes past 5 o'clock. In some manner the safety device attached to Ford's belt, which should have held him securely to the pole while he worked with both hands, gave way, and the man pitched backward, falling to the hard ground over thirty feet below. He struck on his head with great force, sustaining a crushed skull and a broken neck. Death was instantaneous.
There were many people in that vicinity at the time of the accident and dozens were ready to render help. The limp form was carried up town to a physician's office. Dr. Fox, the first physician found, made a hasty examination of the body and pronounced life extinct. The remains were then taken to the Gleason undertaking parlors, where they have since remained.
In falling Ford made no outcry, His fall was so wholly unexpected that he probably did not realize what had occurred. His horrified brother slid down the pole and was at the dead man's side in an instant. His hands were the first to raise the crushed head and his voice aroused to action the dumfounded spectators, who hastened for medical help.
The Ford boys were born in Sweden and have not been in America a great while. Jacob was 21 years of age and of fine physical development. His widowed mother lives in Wesby, Sweden. He had been employed for a time at Moorheadville, Pa., and later at Des Moines, Iowa.
The gang of Western Union Telegraph company linemen, of which the Ford boys formed a part, came here three weeks ago from the Chicago division. Work was slack back east, so the gang was sent here to work on the new telegraph line along the Athol-Borie railroad cutoff, and to transfer wire from old to new poles in Cheyenne. C.W. Brown is foreman of the gang. The men occupy construction cars and travel in them from place to place. Jacob Ford was a stranger in Cheyenne, but was popular with his comrades and well liked by all who knew him.
The pole from which Ford fell is one of the finest ever seen here. Wires are to be transferred to it from the old pole at the opposite side of the walk, the load being now too heavy for the latter to carry much longer.
Coroner T.C. Murray will hold an inquest to officially determine the exact cause of the accident. A jury consisting of Charles Lester, Charles Kern and H. McDermott has been sworn. Each of the jurors possesses some knowledge of a lineman's duties and methods of working, Mr. Lester being himself an expert lineman. The jury examined the remains this morning and will hear testimony tomorrow. Witnesses are being hunted up today.
Jacob Ford's body will be laid at rest in Lakeview cemetery. He never had a home in America and it is not practicable to ship the remains to Sweden for interment. He intended to establish a home in this country and abide here during his days on earth. His remains, therefore, will repose beneath American soil.
Today Ivar Ford is arranging for the funeral which will probably be held tomorrow morning.
© Wyoming Tribune no. 253 October 23, 1908, page 5
Submitted by Lostnwyomn.
Plot: Lot 1555 Sec A
Created by: Eric Crow
Record added: Aug 20, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29174796