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In Years Past

March 12, 2013
The Post-Journal

In 1913, momentary forgetfulness of his surroundings may have possibly cost Fred L. Anderson, a fireman on the Chautauqua division of the P.R.R., his life. He left Oil City on No. 61, the fast express running between Pittsburgh and Buffalo and when the train neared Hydetown, forgetting that the "mail snatcher," an iron post to which the sack of mail was suspended, was near his side of the engine, he looked out to take his bearings and see if everything was clear along the platform. His head came into contact with the post. He was thrown back into the arms of his engineer, C.G. Morton. A passing freight train took Anderson to Titusville hospital. Anderson was 28 years of age, was single and his home was in Brocton. His mother had arrived and spent the night with him. It was feared he would not recover.



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