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Subject: [GABLE] William and Lewis Gable, Columbia co. PA
Date: 30 Nov 2006 16:31:54 -0700
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This is an newspaper account of the accident that took the life of William and Lewis Gable whose parents are Lewis and Florance nee Yeager Gable.
>From "Morning Press" Columbia County PA. Aug 10, 1921
"TRAIN KILLS THREE ON GRADE CROSSING NEAR MT. CARMEL
William and Lewis Gable and Albert Beaver, Victims of Race To Crossing, Have Number of Relatives In County
Special to the Press
Mt. Carmel, August 9- Three men, all of them well known and related, in lower Columbia county, were killed at seven o'clock tonite on a grade crossing of the Pennsylvania Railroad at Dooleyville, one mile west of this city, when they tried to beat a passenger train to the crossing.
The dead are:
Lewis Gable, aged 24, and married of Mt. Carmel,
William Gable, aged 27, and married, of Ashland
Albert Beaver, aged 35, and married with four children, of Mt. Carmel.
Beaver and Lewis Gable were killed instantly and William Gable died in the Fountain Spring hospital at 8:30 o'clock from a fractured skull received in the crash.
The accident occured at a point where there is a clear view of the railroad in each direction for a distance of a quarter mile from where the state road crosses the Pennsylvania tracks.
Approaching the crossing the machine which was owned and driven by Lewis Gable, of this city, with his brother, William Gable, of Ashland, and his brother-in-law, Albert Beaver of this city, as passengers are thought to have noticed the approach of the passenger train due in this city at 7:10 o'clock.
DIDN't HEED WARNING
An automoble truck owned and driven by George Hetrick also of this city had pulled up at the crossing, on the south side of the road. As Hetrick saw the approaching car, he signaled the approach of the train to Beaver, heedless of the warning he speeded up and attempted to beat the train to the crossing.
In the middle of the track, the train bore down on the machine with the brakes screeching as the engineer vainly tried to bring the heavy train to a stop. It caught the car in the middle, carrying the machine about 100 feet, with the three men pinned in the wreckage.
The machine was tossed aside about 100 feet from the crossing completely demolished. The train stopped a few feet farther from the crossing, and the crew rushed to the wrecked car, as did Herick.
They found Lewis Gable and Albert Beaver dead, with those bodies badly mangled by the terrible force with which the locomotive had struck the car. William Gable was still alive and was placed in an automobile and rushed to the Fountain Spring hospital, arriving there before eight o'clock.
Surgeons found a fractured skull and internal injuries and though they operated immediately, Gable failed to regain conciousness and died about 8:30 o'clock.
BODIES HORRIBLY MUTILATED.
Hetrick, driver of the truck which had stopped at the crossing, and who warned the driver of the ill-fated car, was one of the first three men to reach the wrecked machine. The other two were the engineer and fireman of the passenger train. Hetrick found the machine a complete wreck, with the bodies of the three men entangled in the wreckage and horribly mutilated by the broken and jagged pieces of metal of the machine.
With the assistance of the train crew and others who were quickly on the scene they removed the bodies of the three men, giving attention first to William Gable, who was the only one of the trio who at that time showed any sign of life. With Gable being rushed to the hospital, the bodies of the other two men were brought to this city on the train.
Scores of passengers from the train were thrown from their seats by the sudden application of the brakes as the engineer brought the train to a sudden stop, and they rushed to the doors to learn the cause. Many of them left the train to view the wreckage and several gave assistance in removing the bodies and placing them on the train to be brought to this city.
ALL THREE WELL KNOW.
Albert Beaver's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Beaver, of Aristies, former reidents of Roaringcreek, the grandfather of Albert Beaver one of the victims, being George Beaver of Roaringcreek. Reuban Beaver and U. Beaver, of Roaringcreek are uncles of the deceased. He also has four brothers and a sister living: William Beaver of Fort Monroe, Virginia; Reubin Beaver, of Aristies; Jacob Beaver, of Kulpmont; David Beaver, of Heifenstein, and Mrs Robert Hanson, of Aristies.
The two Gable boys were for many years residents of Centralia, but have a wide relationship throughtout the South side--in the Fisherdale and Elysburg section.Their parents formerly came from the Locust township section. Mrs Albert Beaver, widow of one of the victims was a sister, and they have another sister and a young brother residing at Kulpmont."