L., Dec. 10. With the head split in
horrible manner, the remains of William Canham aged 52 years were picked up on
the main line tracks of the Burlington railroad this morning at 6:30 o'clock.
It is in the supposition that Mr. Canham came to his death by being struck
by one of eight trains that passed through town between the hours of two and six
Was Sweeping Snow
With the oncoming of the sleet and snow last night, Mr. Canham planned his
work last evening and left his home at 2:45 o'clock. he took with him a broom
and went to work to sweep the snow from the switches. He reported at the depot
and chatted for a short time with the night operator, Mr. Kunkle. he then
started to work in the east part of the yards.
Missed - Body Found
When he did not return the night operator began to get uneasy, but as there
were trains passing through he could not leave his duties until about 6:30
o'clock. He then started in search of the workman and found his body lying close
to a switch, between the rails a half mile east of the depot. He secured aid and
the remains were taken to the Carpenter undertaking rooms. The body was not
mangled but the head was so badly split that it was with difficulty that the
features could not be recognized.
Many Trains Go Through
Several fast passenger trains and freight trains scheduled to go through
this city went on time this morning, so it is not known which one of them killed
him, it is said that when the east-bound passenger train No.2 arrived in Kewanee
that the head light was not burning, so this train is believed to have been the
one that caused the death of the workman.
Well Known Resident
For the last 10 or 12 years Mr. Canham has been the employ of the company
as a railroad workman. He was well known and highly respected all through town.
He is survived by a wife and six children, three of whom are married and are
living away from home.
Coroner A.H. Malm of Princeton , arrived on the morning train today and
impaneled a coroner's jury so that an inquest could be held. Only a few
witnesses were to be heard.
He is buried Floral Hill cemetery.