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William Clarke

Male - 1866


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  • Name William Clarke 
    Gender Male 
    Misfortune 1866 
    drowned 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-204025 
    Died 20 Nov 1866  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I204025  Generations
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2019 

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  • Notes 
    • CLARKE - A most painful and deplorable accident happened in the Township of Dumfries on Saturday last whereby a farmer named William Clarke received such dreadful injuries that he succumbed about four o'clock on Tuesday afternoon. The unfortunate man resided on the farm belonging to Mr. Cavers near Galt, and on the day we have mentioned was engaged in threshing out his wheat with Mr. Gilholme's machine and steam engine. Things had proceeded smoothly up to a little past eleven o'clock when Mr. Clarke went to clear up the loose straw and grain lying about the machine. After doing so, Mr. Clarke went to hand the broom over the connecting rod to another person when by some means the sleeve of his frock got caught in a joint of the coupling, twisting it up with frightful rapidity, and drawing Mr. Clarke with it.

      The accident was instantly observed by Mr. William Bell who had charge of the machine and steam was quickly shut off, but upon his removal, it was found that Mr. Clarke's injuries were of the most dreadful character. The arm was, in fact, nearly torn from the socket, a large piece of bone protruding through the flesh at the back. The forearm was broken in several places and the flesh torn and mangled. Several of his ribs were broken, besides other minor wounds and contusions. Medical assistance was immediately sent for, and as soon as possible, Drs. Philip and Kerr of Galt were in attendance on the sufferer. Their efforts to save him however were in vain, and he expired on Tuesday afternoon. The extent of his injuries may be inferred from the fact that it was found impossible to replace the shoulder joint without first cutting away a portion of the bone. Mr. Clarke was a man in the prime of life, and his terrible death has cast quite a gloom over a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

      Hamilton Spectator 24 Nov 1866