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Gavin Hamilton

The Awful Death of Gavin Hamilton.

Last Monday afternoon the people of Chesterton were shocked to learn of the receipt of a telegram stating that Gavin Hamilton, a well-known Westchester boy had been instantly killed by the cars at Gibson, a station a few miles west of Porter on the Michigan Central road. The particulars of the accident are very meager, but are as follows: Mr. Hamilton was employed as brakeman on a Way Freight on the Central for some time, but a short time ago he with the rest of the crew were transferred to a construction train working between Michigan City and the sand pit. On the fatal morning, Gavin was doing some coupling at Gibson and while drawing a coupling pin, was thrown across the track, and cut completely in two by the wheels. He died instantly without uttering a sound. The Coroner of Lake County was notified and an inquest held. The verdict rendered was "Accidental death." The remains were sent to Chesterton Monday evening, and taken to the home of his father-in-law, Hiram Nnapp. On Tueday the funeral was held from the M. E. Church, the funeral services being conducted by Elder Josiah Castleman. The funeral was attended by the Knights of Labor, deceased being a member of that organization, and the brick yards were shut down to allow the men to attend. The remains were interred in the Chesterton Cemetery.

Gavin Hamilton, the deceased was born in Westchester township in 1861 and at the time of his death was 26 years of age. He was married to Sarah Knapp about three years ago. For some years he had been an employe on the brick yards, but last winter secured a situation on the Central railroad. This necessitated his moving to Michigan City, where his home was at the time of his death. He had been carrying two policies of a thousand dollars each on his life, in favor of his widow, which she will get. He was highly respected by all who knew him, and his sad taking off is a terrible blow to his widow, relatives, friends and comrades.

Newspaper: The Tribune
Date of Publication: July 14, 1887
Volume Number: 4
Issue Number: 15
Page: 1
Column(s): 5

Key to Newspaper Publication Locations:
    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

    Newspapers Published in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

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