Contributed by Kathleen Haynes
Contact Myrtle Bridges August 18, 2008
The Semi-Weekly Landmark
Tuesday May 6, 1902
Young Tate killed by a train near Morgonton
Morganton Special, 3d, to Charlotte Observer.
Alexander Tate, a son of the late Col. S. McD. Tate, and Mrs. Jennie S. Tate, was killed by a
freight train on the Southern Railway, between Connelly Springs and Valdese, at 10 o'clock this
morning. For several months past Alex. had been flagging on the construction train of Messrs.
Olive & Co., the railroad contractors who are improving the line of the Southern in this section.
This morning the young man had orders to flag down a west-bound local freight. He did this, but
the train did not stop, and as it passed he tried to get on the running board of the engine to
deliver the order, and making a misstep, was caught under the wheels, and frightfully mangled,
death resulting instantly.
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