Oregon City Enterprise, Friday, March 19, 1875
SAD CALAMITY. – A lamentable accident happened at the mill of Miller, Marshall & co., in this city Tuesday evening of this week, in which Richard E. Williams sustained injuries of a very serious nature. It seems that he intended to pass behind the flour bolt and in making the endeavor slipped and fell against the cog wheels that drive the bolting machinery, into which he was drawn, and his left leg was terribly mangled, and has since been amputated above the knee; his right leg was also considerably bruised and the flesh torn off and the imprint of the teeth of the gearing extends from his hip to his shoulder, inflicting deep gashes the whole distance. He was saved from instant death by the presence of mind of Alfred Milne who caught him, and wrested him from the perilous position at immense danger to himself, in which one hand was caught, but his injuries were slight. The amputation was conducted by Dr. H. W. Ross, assisted by Drs. Parker and Smith, and there is every indication of a favorable result from the ministration. Mr. Williams is a young man 29 years of age, and has won an enviable reputation as a steady, faithful employee, and has the sympathies of the whole community. His father and mother arrived in the State about three months since from Wisconsin and are with him in his severe afflictions. The accident is one for which no one can be to blame.
Oregon City Enterprise, Friday, March 26, 1875
The condition of Mr. Richard E. Williams, who was so severely injured in the Oregon City Mills has been very favorable, and he is getting along as well as the magnitude of his injuries will admit.
Oregon City Enterprise, Friday April 2, 1875
NOT SO WELL
The condition of Richard E. Williams is not so favorable since last Saturday as it was up to that time, and his case has assumed a more serious aspect. The wounds are looking very well and if he has strength his physicians have hopes of bringing him out all right yet.
Oregon City Enterprise, Friday, April 9, 1875
DIED – The young man, Richard E. Williams, who was so severely injured by being caught in the machinery of the City Mills, died in his place last Sunday night. All that kind parents, friends and medical aid could do for him was done, but to no avail, and after three weeks, he passed away to the other world. The funeral took place last Wednesday, from the Congregational Church, where a large and sympathetic audience were present, and a most beautiful and instructive sermon was delivered by Rev. Dr. Atkinson. While the parents of this young man are comparatively strangers in our place, the good and noble qualities of their son had long since endeared himself to all who knew him, and our whole community deeply feel with the bereaved parents the affliction that has befallen them.
Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, 1879-1903
Cemetery: Oregon City or St. Mary’s
City or Town: Oregon City
Date of Death: Apr. 5, 1875
Name: Richard A . Williams
Regiment State/Origin: Wisconsin
Regiment: 22nd Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry
Rank In: Private
Rank Out: Private
Film Number: M559 roll 33
Name: Richard A Williams
Enlistment Date: 11 Aug 1862
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: Wisconsin
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company F, Wisconsin 22nd Infantry Regiment on 11 Aug 1862. Mustered out on 12 Jun 1865 at Washington, DC.
Sources: Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers: War of the Rebellion