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Catalog Number 2005.2.1701
Object Name Newspaper
Scope & Content Copies: 1 ( 1 original newspaper clipping)
"Joseph Whitney Killed.
Joseph Whitney of Woodburn was
struck by the belated northbound ov
erland train at the Cleveland street
crossing, last Thursday afternoon at
about 4:20, and breathed his last a
few minutes afterward.
Mr. Whitney had been to the funer
al of his old friend, the late Henry F.
Nendel, and lingered as he gazed up-
on the face of the deceased. It was
not long afterward that he also pass
ed to the other shore.
Mr. Whitney was approaching the
railroad track, walking westward, and
evidently saw the train coming, fo rhe
held one hand on his hat and began
to trot with the intention of getting
across before the train. His left foot
ouched the track just the engine,
coming at the rate of 20 or 25 miles
an hour, struck him and threw him
ten feet in the air, one wheel having
cut off three of his toes. He had
miscalculated the distance, having
started to go faster after passing the
Y. When thrown in the air he came
down on the pilot of the engine and
rolled off after the train had gone
about 75 feet after he was hit. He was
carried to the office of Reiling Bros. '
barn and a doctor finally found, but his
case was beyond all skil to cure and
it was not long before Dr. Shorey pro-
nounced him dead. The remains were
then conveyed to Moshberger & Son's
undertaking rooms. The accident was
witnessed by Marshal Castle and oth-
Deceased was about 74 years of age.
He was at one time in affluent cir-
cumstancs, but had met with rever-
es. Of late he has been living in
Northwest Woodburn and raised and
peddled vegetables for a living. Mr.
Whitney was a grand old man and like
ed by all. He is survived by four sis-
ters and one brother -- Mrs Alice
Hubbard of Lafayette, Or., Mrs. Sar-
ah Pendleton of Champoeg, Mrs. Eli-
zabeth Hovenden of Woodburn, Mrs.
Rebecca Randall of Vancouver, B.C.,
and James Whiney of Victor Station,
Or. Deceased was a native of England
and came to Oregon in 1841.
The funeral was Saturday, inter-
ment being at Butteville cemetery.
Services were held at the grave, Rev.
D.H. Leech officiating.
Coroner's Inquest
Coroner Clough came down from
Salem and held an inquest Friday ov
er the remains of Joseph Whitney,
killed hte day before. The following
justy was sworn in: G.U. McGuire,
P. Whitman, Chas. Moshberger, D.
F. Libby, A.P. Bramgar, W. M.
Bird Several witnesses were exam
ined. Death was caused by teh sev-
erity of the contact, Whitney having
received a compound fracture of the
skull, contusion and other injuires.
Witnesses testified that the train was
running at the rate of 20 to 25 miles
an hour and Whitney was going in a
trot toward it. Engineer Morris
stated that the train was running
from 12 to 15 miles an hour; that he
thought the man had passed safe
ly, but after going 75 feet saw him
roll of the pilot; that he then ran to
the station, considering it better for
the man than if he stopped right
there and the passengers crowded
around him. The whistle and bell
of the engine had sounded warnings.
The verdict of the jury was that Jos-
eph Whitney came to his death by be
ing struck by engine No. 12, north
bound, and 'we further find that
death was occasioned by exceeding
the speed in the city limits of the
City of Woodburn, bieng the cause
of the death of Joseph Whitney.' A
city ordinance fixes the speed that
trains shall run within the corporate
limits of Woodburn at not over ten
miles an hour." (front of original)
Title Joseph Whitney Obituary
Collection Photograph Collection