appeared in Acton Free Press (Acton, ON), 7 Nov 1889, p. 2, column 2
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DREADFUL R.R. ACCIDENT
By Which Mr. Robert Warren one of our Most
Highly Respected Residents, sudden-
ly Meets a Terrible Death.
A CORONER"S INQUEST HELD.
Nothing has occurred in connection with the railway here in twenty-five years to cause such general consternation among our citizens as the word which was quickly passed around last Friday morning about 9.30 that "Mr. Robert Warren has been run over and killed by the cars at the station." In a few minutes scores of our citizens were at the scene of the sad accident and here it was ascertained that Mr. Warren had been struck by a shunting train, and afterwards run over by one of the cars and dragged a distance of some 180 feet. His body was terribly mangled and death was almost instantaneous. It appears he was crossing the tracks on Mill street, on the way down to the Post Office, when his attention was attracted to the weigh scales near the coal shed where a team of horses were being weighed. Deceased had just reached the south siding and was crossing the track when Mr. Hiram Swackhammer, who was with the horses, noticed that the shunting cars were almost up to him and he had not observed their proximity. He immediately shouted to him, but the warning was too late, for immediately the car struck him, throwing his body forward for some distance upon the track with the terrible result above stated. Dr. Lowry arrived almost immediately after the accident and assisted to remove him from under the car. Dr. Stacey arrived shortly after, but human skill was of no avail, and in a few minutes life was extinct.
That Robert Warren, above all men in this community, should meet such an end is unaccountable. He was always a cautious and observant man, with an unusually clear brain, was in full possession of all his faculties, had no heavy cares to trouble him, and had been a total abstainer for forty years. The noiseless motion of the backing cars and the supposition that his attention was rivetted upon the proceedings at the weigh scales lead one to conclude that he was totally oblivious to danger.
Deceased was born in Kingussie, Scotland, on the 13th October, 1823. He was the eldest of six brothers and came to Canada with his father in 1832, and shortly thereafter settled on Cedar Creek farm, lot 29, con. 5, Esquesing, which was his home almost uninterruptedly until his death. For five years from 1855 to 1860 he operated a saw mill at Glen Lawson. During the "Gold Fever" along the Pacific Coast, in company with Erastus Hall, Thomas Dunn, John Burns and others from this vicinity, Mr. Warren went to Caribou, B.C. in May, 1862. He met with gratifying success and returned home in December, 1866. The summer of 1873 he spent with a surveying party in the North West. Robert lived with his brother John, and they always worked their farms on the fourth line and the one in Acton together. To the outside world their interests were in common and harmony always prevailed. Robert Warren led a most exemplary life. He was a consistend adherent and liberal supporter of Knox Church, Acton. He was connected with all movements calculated to elevate mankind and remove temptation from the weak and erring. For forty years he was an ardent worker for the the cause of temperance and was a charter member of Acton Division Sons of Temperance, organized back in the fifties. Last year Mr. Warren was the respected President of Acton Branch of the Upper Canada Bible Society. In politics he was a Reformer. He was man who enjoyed the highest confidence and respect of his fellows. He was an earnest Christian, a good neighbor, an obliging friend and a worthy man. His untimely end has caused an overwhelming shadow of grief to rest over this community ever since the occurrence of the sad accident.
The funeral was announced for Monday afternoon at two o'clock, at which hour a very large concourse of people gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to the memory of deceased. Owning to the non-arrival of his brother Donald, from Redcloud, Neb., the funeral was postponed until 10 o'clock on Tuesday morning. Rev. Mr. Rae conducted the funeral services, and was assisted by Revs. Cook, Hamilton and Johnston. The burial took place in Fairview Cemetery.
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