Owen Pugh Owen, Crushed By the Cars…


Owen P. Owen, a young man in the employ of the Oregon Iron & Steel company at Oswego, while working about a train in the yard Monday morning fell between the locomotive and a car and was so crushed that he died in a few minutes, the wheels passing over the middle of his body and nearly cutting him in two. It appears that he was performing the work of a brakeman and was riding on the rear end of the locomotive while some switching was being done. In backing down to couple on other cars the train struck with so much force that Owens lost his footing and fell across the track where the locomotive crushed him before it could be stopped. After the accident he directed that R. D. Price, of this city, should be notified of the occurrence and then he became delirious, called for his mother and died.

Owen P. Owens, was twenty-three years of age, of Welsh nativity and a young man of exemplary habits. His mother is living in Wales. His home for years was with Mr. Price’s family. He had been in this city between two and three years. Some time ago he went to California and had returned and been a t work about about two months. The remains were interred in Mountain View Cemetery Tuesday afternoon. The deceased was a faithful member of the Presbyterian church.

Oregon City Enterprise, December 25, 1891

Owen had actually just turned 22. He was born in Wales on December 13, 1869. His death came just a week after his 22nd birthday.


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