Barber, Geo. S
appeared in Acton Free Press (Acton, ON), 23 Oct 1879, p. 2, column 2
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A TERRIBLE FATALITY.
Mr. George S. Barber, of Guelph, Instant-
ly Killed on the Railway.
On Friday evening last, about 6:15 the body of Mr. Geo. S. Barber, who had the management of the Guelph Fire Hall, was found on the G. T. railway track, opposite his residence, cut almost in two.
It appears that the deceased proceeded to the scales on the fair ground to weigh a number of pigs for Mr. Geo. Patterson. This was a few minutes before six o'clock. The deceased had asked his brother to ring the six o'clock bell if he did not get through in time to attend to it himself. About half past six o'clock he left the weigh scales to recross the track for home. As no person saw the accident happen, it is conjectured that he attempted to crawl underneath a car. In his hands he carried a lantern and pen. After getting part of the way across the track the train undoubtedly started and the deceased attempted to return, but fell backwards across the south rail, no doubt partially stunned by striking his head against the binding rods which extend from end to end of the car.
Several cars must have passed over the body, as it was almost completely severed, the entrails being torn and dislodged, and the back bone severed. The wheels ran over one hand and badly lacerated the other. Death must have been instantaneous, and the poor fellow never knew any pain. No person saw the accident.
Mr. Barber was a highly respected, sober, industrious citizen, one who performed his duties as an official of the corporation most efficiently and with the single purpose of doing his whole duty, as well as one who was a kind father and a model husband.
The funeral, which was one of the largest which has ever taken place in Guelph, was held on Sunday, and was conducted by the Masonic fraternity, and the Oddfellows, firemen, and military took part.
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