Charles Wills Sutherland

Charles Wills Sutherland

Birth
Death 7 Sep 1909
Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Burial Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 128107531 · View Source
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Pensacola Journal (FL)
8 September 1909
Page 3

HIS LIFE WAS SNUFFED OUT IN AN INSTANT
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Charles W. Sutherland, a Well Known Bricklayer, Met Death While Working At Plant of H. G. Desilvia Company -- Married, Leaves Wife and Children
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In the twinkling of an eye, the soul of Charles W. Sutherland, 35 years of age, a bricklayer by trade, was hurled into eternity yesterday afternoon at 2:45 o'clock. Death was at first attributed to a current from an electric light wire which held a globe, and which he was using to inspect some work he had been doing in a small space. When Charles Oleson, an assistant, took hold of him to lift Mr. Sutherland from the position in which he was found, Oleson said he was shocked and thrown several feet. J. A. Lyle and Frank Chaney, the latter a colored helper, lifted the lifeless body to an upright position, but as soon as they found he was dead they notified the coroner, who viewed the body and deemed an inquest unnecessary.
Mr. Sutherland yesterday morning started to work to line up a furnace in the fire room of the mill of H. G. DeSilva Co., Barracks and Main streets. Assisting him were Charles Oleson, white, and Frank Chaney, colored. All the morning they had worked at the front end of the boiler and in the early afternoon started at the enclosed rear end. Mr. Sutherland had ascended an eight-foot ladder to get over a wall and then let himself down into the enclosure. Working alone at the time, he was heard to fall and Oleson hurried up the ladder and peeped over the wall. At the same time Chaney was attracted. Oleson dropped over the wall and saw Sutherland leaning against the wall and in a corner, a wire-protected electric light globe resting against his face. Blood was oozing from a wound on the side of his face. Oleson moved as if to take hold of him but Chaney, believing he had been killed by an electric shock, cautioned Oleson not to touch him. The latter did take hold of Sutherland and received a shock which he declared knocked him back several feet. Mr. Lyle and a helper then got hold of Sutherland and lifted him to open air. He was laid out and there viewed by the coroner. Later electric company officials and operators of the mill came over and tried to figure just how an electric current could have killed him. The light carried only 110 volts, and that was not regarded as enough voltage to kill a human being. The electric company officials were positive a shock could not and did not cause his death.
The remains were looked after by Undertaker Frank Pou, who conveyed the body to the father's home, No. 427 East Gregory street.
John Sutherland, the young man's father, heard of the occurrence and was on the scene early. He was much affected when he found his son lifeless. He accompanied the remains home.
Chas. W. Sutherland was married. His wife was a Miss Fannie Sierra. Ethel and Lucile, two pretty little girls, and a baby less than a month old, with the mother, made up the little family. Other relatives are his parents; his sisters, who are Mrs. Ed Watson, Mrs. Robert Bond, Mrs. R. L. Sierra, of this city; and Mrs. P. L. Rollo, of Montgomery. John Sutherland, Jr., is a surviving brother.
It is hardly probable that the death of the young man was caused by an electrical shock, as was at first suspected. J. A. Lyle, who was only a short distance away at the time, stated to a Journal representative last night that he was among the first to reach the dead man and lifted him from the position in which he had fallen. He felt no shock of any kind, and afterwards he caused a thorough examination to be made, but no electricity could be discovered.
It was stated that Mr. Sutherland had been suffering for some time with heart trouble, and it is possible that he received a slight shock from the wire protector around the bulb, which sometimes becomes charged and the shock was sufficient to produce death with the heart in a weakened condition.
THE FUNERAL
The funeral of the late Chas. W. Sutherland will be held at 4:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the residence of his parents, corner of Gregory and Tenth avenue.
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Pensacola Journal (FL)
9 September 1909
Page 3
In the case of the death of Chas. W. Sutherland, an account of which appeared in these columns yesterday morning, the name of the young man who was working with Mr. Sutherland was Chester Olson -- not Charles Oleson. Mr. Olson says also that he was inside the enclosure with the unfortunate man when he was stricken and not outside, as stated in the report.
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Pensacola Journal (FL)
10 September 1909
Page 4

SUTHERLAND FUNERAL CONDUCTED YESTERDAY
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Attended by a large number of friends and relatives, the funeral ceremonies over the body of the late Charles W. Sutherland were held yesterday. Rev. C. W. Gavin, of the First Methodist church, being in charge. The interment was made in St. Michael's cemetery.
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Pensacola Journal (FL)
28 April 1910
Page 2

BIG VERDICT AGAINST THE LIGHTING CO.
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JURY IN CIRCUIT COURT GAVE MRS. FANNIE SUTHERLAND OVER SIXTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR HUSBAND'S DEATH.
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Mrs. Fannie N. Sutherland, whose husband was killed while making repairs in the boiler room of the DeSilva Mill Company's plant last September, by what was alleged to have been a highly-charged electric light wire, was given a verdict of $16,120, with interest from date of suit, against the Escambia County Electric Light and Power Company, the verdict having been given by a jury in the circuit court last night, after a trial lasting three days, and consideration by the jury of about four hours.
The defendant was represented by the firm of Blount, Blount & Carter and the plaintiff by R. P. Reese and J. P. Stokes.
The case went to the jury yesterday afternoon at 5:10 o'clock and by 10 o'clock last night a verdict had been reached. The court waited nearly an hour after the jury had returned to consider the case and then adjourned until 7:30 o'clock. At that hour the court was re-convened.
History of Suit
The husband of Mrs. Sutherland was a brick layer and he met death September 7, 1909, in the boiler room of the Desilva Mill Company, Barrack and Main streets. Mr. Sutherland was alone at the time he was killed, but when a helper reaches him a few seconds after his death, he was lying with his face against a brick wall.
The suit was for the sum of $35,000 and in the light of the amount given and the interest additional, it is by far the largest verdict rendered in local tribunals in years.
Notice that the case would be appealed was given.


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  • Created by: Jean Booton
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 128107531
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Wills Sutherland (unknown–7 Sep 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 128107531, citing Saint Michael's Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Jean Booton (contributor 47449737) .