Almonte was the scene of an exceedingly touching tragedy this week. Mr. John Davies was one of the many emigrants who are these days breaking the ties of centuries and leaving the old land to try their fortunes in the great fertile belts of western Canada.
He, with his wife and family of three children endured all the hardships of a rough passage and were living in expectation of reaching their journey’s end and the land of their dreams in a few days, when suddenly the husband and father, through the will of an all powerful providence, was hurled into eternity and the wife and family left alone, strangers in a strange land.
Mr. Davies had been sitting on the steps of the emigrant special when it left Carleton Place early Tuesday morning, and was just about to re-enter the car when the wind caught his hat and in an effort to regain it he lost his balance and fell off the rapidly moving train.
He was missed when the train reached Almonte and it was determined to go back and look for him. He was discovered lying beside the track in an unconscious condition with his skull badly fractured.
He was immediately brought to Almonte and medical aid summoned, but he only lived an hour or two. The body was taken charge of by the immigration department, who had it taken to the Almonte House, where it was kept until the day of the funeral, which took place on Wednesday at St. Pauls.
The family stayed here until Thursday, when they continued their lonely journey west. Deceased was born in Wales in 1853, and was in his 49th year. He was a butcher by trade and a member of the church of England. The family are well grown up, the boy being about 21 years of age and the two girls a few years younger.
April 3 1903
|Birth Date:||abt 1854|
|Death Date:||31 Mar 1903|
|Death Place:||Lanark, Ontario, Canada|
|Religion:||Church of England|
|Cause of Death:||Concussion of Brain Caused by a Fall From The Morn|
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