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R. W, VENABLE MET DEATH MONDAY MORNING. Was Hit By Locomotive Of Ballast Train a Mile West Of Chillicothe —Too Deaf To Hear Train. Robert Venable, a well-to-do farmer, was struck and instantly killed by a westbound Wabash ballast train a mile west of Chillicothe Chillicothe at 8:50 Monday morning. Mr. Venable was seventy-five years old and almost stone deaf. He was crossing the track near the house of Constable Tom McCarthy with whom he made his home when he was hit by the engine. There is a sharp curve iu the Wabash track directly in front of the McCarthy home. The trainmen said that they could not sea the old man on the track until it was too late to stop. The brakeman of the locomotive was sitting on the pilot. When he saw that Venable could not get out ! of the. way in time he sprang from ' his position to save himself being' injured. Mr. Venable never knew what hurt him. He was stepping leisurely leisurely along the ties and did,not apparently hear the noise of the train or the shouts of the engineer and fireman. He was hit on the back of the head and right leg. The accident was not witnessed by anyone but the men .on the engine. The train was. stopped and the McCarthy family and John S. Venable, a brother of the dead man, were notified. The body was left on the side of the right-of-way, in the exact place where it had fallen until Coroner Dowoll reached the scene. He heard the statement of the engineer and fireman. An inquest was held at the McCarthy McCarthy home at eleven o'clock All the trainmen testified. The verdict reached by the jury was that Mr. Venable's death wa accidental ana that it was through no fault of the trainmen that h was killed.. The deceased was well known in Livingston county. He was a native native of Virginia and came to Jack' son township in 1835. He had lived with his niece, Mrs. McCarthy, McCarthy, for about thirteen years. The only surviving relatives of Mr. Venablo are his niece, Mrs McCarthy and his brother, who lives at 1021 Monroe street. The remains will be interred in one of the cemeteries in Jackson township. Funeral from the old home place four miles north of Springhill Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock Interment in the Venable cemetery. cemetery. ' : : ; ! I j

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  1. The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune,
  2. 23 May 1904, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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