Mr Albert Orton of Junction City Killed in Horrible Farm Accident – March 1881

“A Sad Fate!

A Man is Run Over by a Four-horse Team Hitched to a Large Hinge Harrow.

Junction City, March 23, 1881.  One of the most shocking accidents ever chronicled in the county occurred near this place last Wednesday morning about eight o’clock.  Mr. Albert Orton was run over by a four-horse team hitched to a large hinge harrow, and the horses passed over his body.  It appears as though Mr. Orton had only taken hold of the line for a few minutes to drive while his son Eddie sowed some wheat; that by some mistake Mr. Orton had driven the harrow onto a small stump, and that to extricate the harrow he laid the lines down and passed around in front of the team, taking the two center horses by the bits – there being four abreast–and in attempting to lead them or turn them, they became frightened and run  against him heavily, knocking him down, and instantly run over him and drug the harrow after them.  It is thought by the nature of his bruises that the injuries which he received from the horses alone were enough to produce death; the bruises produced by the harrow were comparatively light, and perhaps the speed with which the horses started jerked the harrow nearly over his body before striking.  His son, who was about fifty yards distant, in answer to Mr. Orton’s call for help as the horses started, run quickly to the spot, but never to hear his father call his name again, as the old gentleman never call his name again, as the old gentleman never breathed or moved after Eddie reached him.  The body was at once carried to the house near by and every possible effort was made to restore life, but all to no avail.  Mr. Orton’s farm is on the road to Monroe about three and a half miles north of this place.  He was sixty one years of age, and was born near Shelby, Ohio, in the year 1820; crossed the plains in 1849, and spent his first year on the coast in the mines of California.  The next year he came to Oregon, residing in Lafayette, Yamhill county, until 1854, when he moved to Lane County, where he has ever since resided.  In 1858 he married Miss Sarah Carson, a Sister of Mrs. S.J. Swift and Mrs. Wm Edris, of Eugene City.  He leaves a wife, two sones -Eddie and Willie and many warm friends to mourn his lose.  He was strongly devoted to the interest of his little family.  Eddie and Willie, who are very deserving boys, will no doubt feel greatly the loss of the of his unerring council.  The county has lost a good citizen and a man of broad, practical information.  His funeral will take place tomorrow (Friday) under the auspices of the masonic fraternity.  G.S.W.”  Oregon State Journal (Eugene), March 26, 1881, pg. 5, col. 4,  University of Oregon Knight Library, Newspaper Collection.


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