PIQUA DAILY CALL Thursday, June 8, 1905
DEADLY CARS TAKE VICTIM
Robert B. Cron Recieves Fatel Injuries in an Accident
THROWN FROM A CAR AND BOTH LEGS BADLY MANGLED WEDNESDAY P.M.
-Dies From Schock Following Accident
-Son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Cron
-Funeral Friday Afternoon
Robert B. Cron died Wednesday night at 10 o'clock from the effects of
infuries recieved late in the afternoon. He was a brakeman in the service of
the C.H. & D. He fell from a car and was run over.
The unfortunate young man left his home early Wednesday morning to go to his
work, being employed in the C.H. & D. yards, under conductor Frank Davis. The
routine of the work was followed in Piqua and in Troy. The latter part of the
afternoon the duties of the yard crew took them into the lower yards near the
plant of the American Sheet and Tin Plate Company.
About 4:35 p.m. a car was transfered from a siding to the main track. The
switch had been made, Cron being on the car to work the break. It is said the
key refused to hold. He was jerked, and losing his balance, was thrown from the
car into the middle of the track in front of the car. He was struck by the
brakebeam of the first pair of trucks and rolled to the roadbed. The second
pair of trucks ran over both legs. The left leg was mangled to the knee, while
the injureies to the right were at the ankle.
WITNESSED BY TWIN BROTHER
The accident was witnessed by his twin brother, Roy Cron, who some seven
car lengths distant, and other members of the yard crew.
The injured man was placed on the yard engine and brought to the C.H. & D.
freight house where a call was sent for Wagner, Groven & Co.s ambulance and for
surgens. Dr. A.B. Frame, the Company Surgeon, answered the call. He saw that
the accident was a serious one and called Dr. R.M. O'Ferrall and Dr. R.M.
Shannon to assist him in the operation he saw to be necessary.
In the meantime the distressing news of the accident was carried to the home
of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. A./j. Cron, by the brother Roy Cron, who broke the
tidings to them as gently as possible. The father is an invalid and the effect
on him was feared.
NECESSARY TO AMPUTATE LEG
The injured man was taken in the ambulance to his home, No 210 East Main
street. There the surgeons made an examination and determaned the full extent
of his injuries. They found that it would be necessary to amputate the left leg
between the ankle and the knee and that the right would have to be taken off at
the thigh above the knee. The operation was preformed by Dr. Frame, assisted by
Dr. O'Ferrall, Dr. Shannon administering the anesthetic.
At first the patient seemed to come out from the influence of the aneathetic
in a satisfactory manner, but in a short time it was seen that his heart action
was growing weaker. He never rallied from the shock of the accident and the
operation following, and died at ten o'clock.
DID NOT THINK OF HIMSELF
During the time he was consctious before his death the greatest sollcitude
was manifested by the patient for his father and mother. He repeatedly inquired
how they were both bearing the shock and seemed not to think of himself. His
death was a great blow to his parents, and brothers and sisters.
Robert B. Cron was born in Piqua December 28, 1882. He was reared in and
always lived with his parents in the house in which de died. He was not
He was educated in the Piqua schools, entering the High School. A year ago in
July he entetred the employ of the C.H. & D. as a brakeman and the following
October was transfered to the yard crew. Working with him was his brother, Roy,
who left the employ of the Pan Handle to be with him. They were twine and
between them existed the closest and warmest of brotherly affection. He was a
members of Piqua lodge, No 8 L.O.O.F.
He leaves his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Cron, and five brothers
and three sisters to morn him. He was a nephew of Mayor L.C. Cron.
The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock from ??????????? on
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