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Oshkosh Northwestern

20 Jan 1880


Laney, Wis., Jan 19 - Last Friday Stephen Flynn, a farmer from this town was instantly killed by a log rolling upon him. He was teaming for Tom Hutchinson, of Oshkosh, whose camp is thirty-four miles north of Shawano. He was on his last turn in the day with a seven log load - about three thousand feet; when going down a pitch, probably at quite a high rate of speed, the three binding chains broke and let off the load. Four logs were left in the middle of the road, two were carried some distance, and the other rolled to one side upon the unfortunate man, breaking in nearly all of his ribs. The log must have bounded, as he was hurt no where else, and was so near the end that the log only reached across his breast bone. A foot further and all would not have been. He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his loss. The eldest child is but ten years old.


He was the fourth man accidentally killed in the past three years, that is men from this town; Richard Prickett by a set gun, Robert Brighton by a falling stub, Peter Nelson by a falling limb and lastly Stephen Flynn by a rolling log.


He came here from Oshkosh and there from Canada.