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William J. Compton
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Birth: 1899
Death: Jul. 6, 1930
Onondaga County
New York, USA

COMPTON—WILLIAM, aged 31, suddenly at his home, 132 Fenton Street, July 6, World War veteran. He is survived by his widow, Lena Compton; two daughters, Ruth and Lois; three sons, James, Edward and Richard; father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. William Compton; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Fritzen, Mrs. Elizabeth Kelly. Funeral Tuesday at 2:30 (Standard time). Burial at Morningside. Member of the Brotherhood [of Railroad Trainmen]. Funeral arrangements in charge of William M. Kompf, undertaker.

[Syracuse Herald, Monday evening, July 7, 1930, page 18]

Widow Will Ask $50,000 For Rail Death of Mate

Preparing to file a $50,000 suit against the D., L. & W. [Delaware, Lackawanna & Western] Railroad Company, Mrs. Lena Compton, East Syracuse, has applied for letters of administration in the estate of her husband, William J. Compton, who was killed in an accident July 6. Besides the widow, five children, ranging from 14 months to 10 years, share in the estate, which consists principally of the right of action. Searl & McElroy appear for the petitioner.

[Syracuse Journal, Friday, September 5, 1930, page 7]

$75,000 Asked In Rail Death

Seventy-five thousand dollars is demanded by Mrs. Lena Compton, 546 Delaware st., for the death of her husband, William J. Compton, in a suit against the D., L. & W. Railroad. The action is brought by the widow as administratrix, through Searl & McElrop, attorneys.

Mrs. Compton in her complaint sets forth that her husband, a trainman, met death July 6 last while engaged in carrying out his duties in placing cars on the trestle of the Alpha Cement Company at Jamesville.

The plaintiff relates that her husband, in superintending the placement of the cars, was riding the end of a small string on the trestle and was busily engaged in transmitting signals. The car on which he was standing suddenly collided with a switch stand, throwing him under the train, killing him almost instantly.

She claims that Compton was carrying out instructions given to him by his superiors, and that in so doing he was using all the care and precautions of a prudent trainsman. She charges that the railroad company was negligent in locating the switch stand so close to the tracks, and at a spot where it was a menace to the lives of employes engaged in placing cars on the trestle.

Mrs. Compton alleges that the switch stand had been located at the same spot for some time, claiming that the company had knowledge, or should have had knowledge of the dangerous position, and knew, or should have known, that it was a menace to the safety of the workmen.

Compton had been in the employ of the railroad company for several years, and was reputed to be an efficient railroad man, skilled in his work.

[Syracuse American, Sunday, November 9, 1930, page 24]

Widow of Rail Victim Accepts $18,500 for His Death on D L & W

Mrs. Lena Compton, 546 Delaware Street, accepted an offer of $18,500 to end a suit filed in United States Court against the D., L. & W. Railroad for the death of her husband, William [O.?] Compton, a World War veteran, in an accident in Jamesville last July.

The settlement was made after suit was filed by Mrs. Compton against the railroad last fall through Clifford H. Searl of Searl & McElroy, attorneys. An application for acceptance of the settlement for the benefit of Mrs. Compton and her children will be placed in Surrogate's Court in a few days.

Compton, who had been employed as a brakeman by the railroad for six years, was killed when he fell beneath the wheels of the car in which he was riding after the target of a switch struck his head. James Bingham, 419 Otisco Street, another brakeman, witnessed the fall and signaled to Frank Granish, 257 Tennyson Avenue, to halt the car.

[Syracuse Herald, Wednesday evening, January 7, 1931, page 4]

Bat. A. 104, Field Art.
Oakwood Cemetery
Onondaga County
New York, USA
Plot: Sect H-3 plot 105
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Record added: Aug 03, 2013
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William J. Compton
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