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ECKENRODE, W. H.
|Cambria Freeman, 15 Oct 1909, Contributed by Patty Millich|
|Tragic Fate of Pennsy Employee |
Train Runs Down W. H. Eckenrode
Held Fast by Switch Frog
W. H. Eckenrode of 609 Eighteenth Street, Altoona, an extra conductor on the Pittsburg division of the PRR was fatally injured at Nant-y-Glo on Saturday morning at 5 o'clock by having his foot caught in a frog of the track, the wheels of his train passing over his leg. He died while being taken in the ambulance to the Altoona Hospital.
Bidding his wife and children good bye the evening before, Conductor Eckenrode left his home to accompany his train. At Nant-y-Glo he attempted to cross a track after signaling the engineer to move the train to a siding but his right foot caught in a frog.
As the train bore down upon him he threw his body outside the rails, the wheel crushing off the leg close to the hip.
The unfortunate conductor had been a resident of Altoona for about four years and up until that time was a prominent citizen of Cambria County, having been born in Carrolltown in November, 1877. He was a man of brilliant mind and for a time was the editor of the Carrolltown NEWS and later of the Gallitzin TIMES and was prominent in all the social and civic affairs of his neighborhood. He was one of the foremost officials of the Improved Order of Heptasophs in Cambria County, being a member of the conclave, which he organized. He was for a number of years deputy delegate to the National conclave. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Church of Altoona and the PRR Relief Fund.
He is survived by his wife and four children: Holden, Aloysius, Delores and Catherine; also by his mother, Mrs. Mary Eckenrode of Ebensburg, and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Frank Sharbaugh of Ebensburg; Mrs. Holden Chester and Mrs. Frank Donahue of Carrolltown; Mrs. Mamie Buck of Hastings; Mrs. Myrtle Murphy of Barnesboro; Mrs. Stella Sanford of Philadelphia and Miss Vera Eckenrode of Ebensburg. The remains were taken overland to Hastings, where interment was made.