Information for William M. Jackson
18 September, 1885 - 30 November, 1916
Obituary from The Idaho
Friday, 1 December 1916 - p.3
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IN FATAL FALL
William M Jackson, Nampa
Beneath Moving Car
DEATH ENSUES SHORTLY
Preliminary Investigation Is
Made by County Coroner
NAMPA - Thrown beneath a "drag" of
moving cars in the yards of the Oregon Short Line Thursday
morning, Switchman William M. Jackson was so terribly injured
that his death ensued a little more than an hour later.
The accident occurred at the east end of the yards, near the
roundhouse site, at 10:30 o'clock. The victim was
immediately rushed to the hospital. There every effort
of the attending surgeons proved unavailing, and death claimed
their patient shortly before noon.
Cause of Fall Unknown
Members of the switching crew with whom Jackson
was working are unable to account for his fall from the end of
the car. He fell between the rails. Though he thus
escaped the wheels, his body was caught by projections beneath
the car and was badly bent and crushed, despite the fact that
the cars were quickly brought to a stop. Examination
showed that the unfortunate man suffered a fracture of the
skull and had his left hip and right knee badly crushed.
Coroner A. A. Faris arrived
from Caldwell late in the day and made a
While of the opinion that an inquest would hardly be
necessary, he stated that he would return for a further
inquiry into details of the accident Friday morning, and will
then decide as to the necessity of holding formal
investigation before a jury. Officials of the railroad
expect to conduct the customary public investigation some time
Jackson, who was 28 years old,
had been employed in the yards here as a switchman for several
years. He was a member of the Order of Railway Trainmen.
His wife, a daughter of Roadmaster P. A. Pheney, survives.
His mother, who recently visited here with the family, lives
at Denver. Until word is received from her no definite
funeral arrangements will be completed.
Image below is a link to the
location of the
gravesite in Mt. Calvary cemetery.
Images contributed by Bonnie Dilworth
William's headstone is located at number
photo available upon request.
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