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Jonas Burrell

Pullman Porter Killed When Struck Bridgge

From Thursday's Daily

Jonas Burrell, aged about 40, negro Pullman porter on the northbound M. K. & T. Limited passenger train, which passed this place last night, was killed when eh struck a steel bridge truss over caddo Creek, half a mile from Caddo Mills, it developed today when the body of a man was found in the creek about twenty yards below the bridge. Burrell's home was in Dallas. The porter had been seen by other members of the train crew to be looking out of the car vestibule at a hot box, and was seen to be knocked or jump from the train. The train waited at Caddo Mills for about an hour while its crew searched for the negro but no trace was found until about 11 o'clock when the remains were found by a searching party headed by the station agent at that point.

(Greenville Banner, Wednesday, April 20, 1921, pg.5)

Submitted by Sarah Swindell

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