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ROSE, John

    Cambria Freeman, 1 May 1903, Contributed by Patty Millich


Engineer John Rose was killed and Engineer John Keiper and Fireman Harvey M. Miller and B. D. Wright were injured when two engines left the track at South Fork about 5:30 o'clock Friday evening and went over an embankment. The three men who were hurt saved their lives by jumping but Rose was caught under his engine and crushed to death. All were residents of Conemaugh.

Two engines, No. 236 in charge of Engineer Rose and Fireman Miller and No. 369 with Engineer Keiper and Fireman Wright on board, were coming off the spur leading to the Stineman mines with a cabin and about twenty loaded coal cars. As is customary the locomotives were backing out with No. 236 in the lead. At the junction of the siding with the main line, the tender of the first engine picked the switch and jumped the rails, pulling other one, cabin and one car over the embankment, which is about six or eight feet high at that point. The trainmen saw their danger and three of them managed to jump but Rose was on the wrong side and was pinned down by his machine. At the bottom of the bank is a swampy place and the rolling stock that left the track is now lying in the muck there, so that at present, it is impossible to tell what condition the locomotives are in.

The body of Rose was taken out of the wreckage badly crushed and scaled by escaping steam. John Rose was 37 years old and a son of Adam Rose of Summerhill township. The dead engineer was promoted about a year ago from the firemen's side. He is survived by his widow, who was Lucinda, daughter of John Wright, a farmer in Summerhill township, and by two children. The funeral took place from the residence of John Wright, near Wilmore on Monday morning at 10 o'clock, with interment in Mt. Union cemetery.

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