Bio: VanVoorhis, George--Accident (1901)
Contact: Laurel Bragstad Schaub
George Van Voorhis was the victim of an accident Saturday evening by which he sustained a broken leg. He was working on the gravel train for the Foster Lumber Co., and was coming home at six o’clock. At Thompson’s switch they had some switching to do. On being about to pull out George stepped with his right foot on the rail and hands on the planks to spring onto the car, he supposing the engine ready to pull ahead. Instead the engine pushed back to finish a coupling with the result that George’s foot was caught under the wheel which rolled back onto his leg, breaking it in at least three distinct places below the knee before the engine was pulled ahead. He was at once brought to his home in town where Dr. Churchill took charge of the case. At last reports the patient is getting along as well as could be expected. This is another case showing the wisdom of having all the men insured, as is always the case when anyone enters the Foster Lbr. Co’s employment. Gleaner 8-30-1901
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