PIQUA DAILY CALL                                                              Thursday, June 8, 1905



Robert B. Cron Recieves Fatel Injuries in an Accident


  -Dies From Schock Following Accident

  -Son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Cron

  -Funeral Friday Afternoon

  Robert B. Cron died Wednesday night at 10 o'clock from the effects of

infuries recieved late in the afternoon. He was a brakeman in the service of

the C.H. & D. He fell from a car and was run over.

  The unfortunate young man left his home early Wednesday morning to go to his

work, being employed in the C.H. & D. yards, under conductor Frank Davis. The

routine of the work was followed in Piqua and in Troy. The latter part of the

afternoon the duties of the yard crew took them into the lower yards near the

plant of the American Sheet and Tin Plate Company.

  About 4:35 p.m. a car was transfered from a siding to the main track. The

switch had been made, Cron being on the car to work the break. It is said the

key refused to hold. He was jerked, and losing his balance, was thrown from the

car into the middle of the track in front of the car. He was struck by the

brakebeam of the first pair of trucks and rolled to the roadbed. The second

pair of trucks ran over both legs. The left leg was mangled to the knee, while

the injureies to the right were at the ankle.


  The accident was witnessed by his twin brother, Roy Cron, who some seven

car lengths distant, and other members of the yard crew.

  The injured man was placed on the yard engine and brought to the C.H. & D.

freight house where a call was sent for Wagner, Groven & Co.s ambulance and for

surgens. Dr. A.B. Frame, the Company Surgeon, answered the call. He saw that

the accident was a serious one and called Dr. R.M. O'Ferrall and Dr. R.M.

Shannon to assist him in the operation he saw to be necessary.

  In the meantime the distressing news of the accident was carried to the home

of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. A./j. Cron, by the brother Roy Cron, who broke the

tidings to them as gently as possible. The father is an invalid and the effect

on him was feared.


  The injured man was taken in the ambulance to his home, No 210 East Main

street. There the surgeons made an examination and determaned the full extent

of his injuries. They found that it would be necessary to amputate the left leg

between the ankle and the knee and that the right would have to be taken off at

the thigh above the knee. The operation was preformed by Dr. Frame, assisted by

Dr. O'Ferrall, Dr. Shannon administering the anesthetic.

  At first the patient seemed to come out from the influence of the aneathetic

in a satisfactory manner, but in a short time it was seen that his heart action

was growing weaker. He never rallied from the shock of the accident and the

operation following, and died at ten o'clock.


  During the time he was consctious before his death the greatest sollcitude

was manifested by the patient for his father and mother. He repeatedly inquired

how they were both bearing the shock and seemed not to think of himself. His

death was a great blow to his parents, and brothers and sisters.

  Robert B. Cron was born in Piqua December 28, 1882. He was reared in and

always lived with his parents in the house in which de died. He was not


  He was educated in the Piqua schools, entering the High School. A year ago in

July he entetred the employ of the C.H. & D. as a brakeman and the following

October was transfered to the yard crew. Working with him was his brother, Roy,

who left the employ of the Pan Handle to be with him. They were twine and

between them existed the closest and warmest of brotherly affection. He was a

members of Piqua lodge, No 8  L.O.O.F.

  He leaves his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Cron, and five brothers

and three sisters to morn him. He was a nephew of Mayor L.C. Cron.

  The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock from ??????????? on

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