N&W in 1908 -- Fatality
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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
IN CITY AND COALFIELD
Colored Man Killed
John Watson, colored, was killed at Iaeger on Monday night about 7:20, by engine No. 760, about two hundred yards of the depot. Watson was employed as a pumper by the railroad company and was walking along the track when the engine suddenly came upon him and struck him before he could get out of its way. His body was taken in charge by the railroad people. His home is at Iaeger, but it is not known where his relatives live, and he will probably go to a nameless grave.
[In view of today's social security and other employment records it is hard to believe that there was a time when so little would be known about an employee that he would be buried in a nameless grave.]
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