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GLASS, Augustine Winfield
|Johnstown Tribune, 7 Dec 1906, Contributed by Lisa Baker|
|MUNSTER MAN MET SUDDEN SUMMONS|
Probably Hit by Train When Within a Few Yards of Home
Had Son Employed Here
Ebensburg, Dec 7, 1906 -- Violent death, in a manner at present not definitely known, last evening overtook (Augustine) Winfield Glass, a prominent blacksmith and well-known citizen of Munster for many years.
Mr. Glass had been to Ebensburg visiting his relatives, the Browns, at the Central Hotel and left in time to catch the 6:45 train for home. He did not turn up at home, however, though he got off the train at Munster Station, which is only a short distance from the house and this morning the men on the 7:12 train out of Ebensburg found his dead body lying by the tracks only a few yards from the station at Munster. There was a large hole in the back of his head, the only mark on his body, and his watch was lying a few yards from him. There is no suspicion of foul play, and it is believed he must have been struck by a train, but when or how and why the trainmen did not discover it, is not explained. Mr. Glass was not a drinking man, and when he left Ebensburg, and when he got off the train at Munster, seemed to be as well as he ever was.
The deceased was about fifty years old and is survived by his wife, who was Miss Laura O'Hara, as well as by two sons -- William, a blacksmith employed with William Bannan at Cresson and Leonard, who is a salesman for the Jordan notion store in Johnstown. Also by the following brothers and sisters: Dick, in Illinois; Frank, of Cresson; W.E., formerly a Cresson merchant, now of Allegheny Township; Thomas, of Munster Township; Mrs. H.J. Eberly of Munster; Mrs. John Noel, of Lewistown; Miss Anna, single, at Cresson. The late Mrs. P.F. Brown, of Ebensburg, was also a sister.
While the funeral arrangements have not been definitely made, it is expected the burial will take place Monday morning, preceded by a high mass of requiem by Father Kittell in St. Michael's Catholic Church at Loretto, of which the deceased was a member.
There is a coincidence in the fact that Mr. Glass' predecessor in the same blacksmith shop, Cornelius Dever, was killed at nearly the same spot in much the same way on November 10, 1892 while on his way home from seeing a sick neighbor.