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Alfred Small

Death 10 Aug 1896 (aged 21–22)
Brasher Falls, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
Burial Massena, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
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Alfred Small, a young man twenty two years of age, and a son of Peter Small, of Brasher Flats, came to his death Monday forenoon in a tragic and terrible manner. The bridge over Earl's creek, about five miles east of the Springs, is being rebuilt and a gang of men were employed at the work, young Small being one of the number. A large derrick was used for hoisting stones for the piers. This derrick was worked by means of horses attached to a long sweep attached to the revolving upright center shaft, and the stones were lowered into place by means of a brake attached to the gearing.

This fatal morning the brake was broken and sent to the blacksmith shop for repairs. The boss kept the men at work and the stones were lowered by two men taking hold of the sweep and letting the derrick back up. Small and another man had hold of this sweep, and at the time there was a stone attached to the tackle which would weigh nearly three tons. For some reason Small let go his end and the other man was unable to hold the immense weight alone, but he hung on as long as he could and was thrown about fifteen feet to the bottom of the creek. Small stood still and the heavy sweep came around with tremendous force and struck him on the left arm and left breast. The arm was shattered and the ribs and sternum bone smashed to pulp.

He was assisted to Mrs. Elger's house near by, and Dr. McFadden, of this place, summoned, who arrived a few minutes before he died. Nothing could be done for the injured man and he died soon after eleven.

The body was taken to his father's home on Brasher Flats and the funeral held from the Catholic church in this village yesterday at 10 o'clock.

The Ogdensburg journal., August 14, 1896, Page 4




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