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William J Carey

Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 1 Dec 1908
Plymouth, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Larksville, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 101993186 · View Source
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Son of John and Bridget (Hill) Carey.

                W. J. CAREY KILLED
Several Blank Forms Found on His Dead Body - Was Run Down by a D. & H. Engine at Plymouth Yesterday.
    William J. Carey, of East Plymouth, aged about 45 years was in some unknown manner run down and killed by D. & H. engine No. 845, on the track of that company leading to the Bull Run crossing, Plymouth, about 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The body was badly mangled beneath the wheels of the engine the right arm being all but severed at the shoulder, the left hand at the wrist and his skull crushed, allowing the brains to ooze out. At the time of this writing he had not been identified.
    The accident occurred directly in front of the saloon of Andrew Conrad and the unfortunate man it appears had just came by a path over the culm bank from the Gaylord colliery, stumbling according to the story of a stranger, who claims to have witnessed the accident on a hillock, and falling directly beneath the engine, on the fireman's side. Neither the engineer, Robert Hatfield, or the conductor, Charles Greenwalt, saw the man along the track disclaiming any knowledge of the accident until they noticed the body on the rails. The engine was empty and was backing in the direction of Plymouth when the accident occurred.
    A fact which has given rise to considerable comment and seems to confirm the popular belief that miners' certificates are issued indiscriminately was the finding of no less than five miners' certificates in the pockets of the unfortunate man's clothing. Two of these were in blank. One bore the name of Joseph Farrell, of Larksville, and was issued on June 16, 1896, another was issued on July 26, 1896, to Albert Shewerski, of Harwood, near Hazleton, and the third, bore the name of Joe Metsko, age 23, and bore the date of June 19, 1904. The latter was signed by W. J. Carey, William D. Morgan and Thomas P. Williams. The first two named are the examiners in this district. A significant feature in connection with the last named certificates that it appears to have been all written by the one person, the signatures of the examiners and the name, date, etc., being all in the same handwriting.
    Other articles found in the coat pocket of his clothing were a match box evidently a souvenir from New York with a picture of the Statue of Liberty on the one side and the Brooklyn Bridge on the other. On some pieces of paper, evidently leaves from a pass book, the name and adress, Mary A. Finerty, Pittston, Pa., were written in ink and on a similar paper some items evidently of meat purchases were marked in pencil apparently in a foreign language. On the back of a small calendar also found in his pocket, the name Yanko Picas was written with a lead pencil. Other things in the pockets were a short blue colored lead pencil, a piece of blotting paper and a blue polka dot handkerchief.
    For several hours the remains were unidentified and not until late last evening was identification made sure by his wife. He is survived by his wife, several children and one sister. The body when picked up by the train crew was placed on the engine and conveyed to the morgue of Moore Bros.
(Wilkes-Barre News, 2 Dec 1908)

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