1907 - Student Killed by a Train

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Roanoke Times - April 23, 1907


Bristol, Va., April 22, -- George Kelly, nineteen years old, a student at
Emory and Henry College, was killed Saturday night near Emory in an attempt to
board a freight train going toward his home at Glade Spring.
Young Kelly had missed the passenger train, and waited for the freight. He
went to the heavy grade near Dr. Bowyer's home, and when the train
came, running
at an unusually fast rate of speed, he attempted to board a car, but was thrown
under it. The back of his head struck the end of a cross tie with
tremendous force.
Other students who saw him fall rushed to his assistance when the train
passed and found him dying. He lived only nine minutes after the accident, and
did not speak before his death.
The young man was a member of the freshmen class and had the reputation of
being a good student. He was a member of a well known family at Glade Spring.
The body was taken to the home of Dr. Bowyer, at Emory, Saturday night, and
later carried to the Byars where it remained until yesterday when it was taken
to the home at Glade Spring for burial.
The sad death of young Kelly threw a gloom over the entire college.


- Roger Link

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