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Frank Smith obituary

Central Bridge Man is Killed in Shop Accident
Frank Smith Sustains Broken Neck in Howe Cave Cement Plant
December 28, 1924

     Frank Smith of Old Central Bridge lost his life at the plant of the Helderberg Cement Co. at Howe cave about ten o’clock last Sunday morning when he became caught in a conveyor belt and his body was carried into the machinery. Death was almost instantaneous, being due to a broken neck. An examination showed that his body and arms had been badly bruised in the heavy machine.
     No one was near Smith when the accident occurred and as a result no one saw the fatality or heard any outcry, the body being discovered shortly afterward. It was pointed out that Mr. Smith had worked at the same position and on the same machine for six years without hardly a scratch. It is believed he was attempting to remove some clay from the belt and his arm became caught in the pulley.
     Mr. Smith was 40 years of age, having been born at Berne, July 30, 1884, the son of Sylvene and Alice Bogardus Smith. In addition to his widow, who was overcome with grief when informed of the accident, the deceased is survived by three children.
     Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock at the residence in old Central Bridge with Rev. H. H. Black, pastor of the M. E. church officiating. Burial was made in the old Stone Fort Cemetery at Schoharie.


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