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Thomas J. Moroney

Thomas J. Moroney Looses His Life While attempting to save his Hand-Car.

Last Saturday morning Thos. J. Moroney, a section boss, on the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, started out with his men from Woodvile to work as usual. They went down the track, west of the station, and had almost reached the curve, about half mile distant, when rounding it was a passenger train under full speed. All the men except Moroney, jumped and fled. Moroney stuck to his car, and tried to remove it from the track. He got one end off, and was trying to push the car down the embankment, when the locomotive struck it. Moroney was hurled thirty feet away. His leg was mashed, the bones being crushed to a pulp. An ugly scalp wound was also sustained. The injured man was taken to his home, and medical aid summoned. Dr. Marr reached the place, but his services were refused. Dr. A. J. Mullen, taking charge of the case assisted by Dr. Miller. At first it was thought necessary to amputate the leg, but the exhausted condition of the patient would not admit of the opreration. After heroic suffering he expired at 1:30 Sunday morning after receiving the spiritual consolation of the Catholic church, of which he was a member. Thomas Moroney was a young man of about 25 years of age, bright, jovial, responsible and faithful. He worked for the Baltimore & Ohio for a number of years. Some time ago a section boss at Woodville lost two hand cars by being caught by trains within two week's time, accounts of which appeared in THE TRIBUNE. Shortly, after, while talking with Mr. Moroney on the subject, he remarked, "I'd save my car, though I lost my life." He kept his word. There is no doubt but would has his men remained with him there would have been no accident. Mr. Moroney has been married scarcely two years, and leaves a loving, heart-broken wife to mourn his untimely death. We understand that his life was insured for $2,400. The funeral services were performed at the Catholic church at Chesterton, Monday, at 10 o'clock, a. m. Rev. Kroll officiating. The remains were followed to their last resting place by hundreds of people, and was the largest funeral train that followed the hearse to the grave from Chesterton in many years.

Newspaper: The Tribune
Date of Publication: January 7, 1886
Volume Number: 2
Issue Number: 41
Page: 1
Column(s): 7

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    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
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                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

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                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
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