Working on the Telephone Lines — Electrocution at Carleton Place

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Working on the Telephone Lines — Electrocution at Carleton Place

 

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George Good, aged 28 years, and Benjamin Banks, aged 18 years, were instantly electrocuted, and John Davidson was thrown by the force of the shock over twenty feet, when a wire which was being connected here yesterday came in contact with the voltage wire of the town plant.

The men were working with a Bell Telephone gang who were finishing “the line” from Smith’s Falls. The finishing connection was being made on Lake avenue, when the wire that was being held by Good, who was in charge of the gang for the day slackened and crossed the town plant’s voltage wire.

Good was instantly killed. Banks, another of the workers, who had only been in the employ of the company for a short time, ran forward and attempted to release Good’s body,  also received the full force of the shock and met instant death. Davidson then essayed a rescue and was thrown fully twenty feet.

By this time word had been sent to the town hydro plant and the power was cut off and it was then possible to remove the bodies. The local manager. T. E. Armstrong, was immediately notified.  When he arrived on the scene and saw what had happened he assumed full charge and had the two lines connected at once, to remove any  further danger.

Dr. Metcalfe, of Almonte, the coroner, was summoned and empanelled a jury. The inquest win open on Monday evening.  The bodies were taken to Patterson’s undertaking parlor. This morning an uncle of young Banks motored up from Kemptville and the bodies of Banks and Good were sent to Kemptville this morning. Good and Banks and Davidson all came from Kemptville.

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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