Grimsby Newspapers
Watchman killed while on duty
Grimsby Independent, 7 Sep 1921, p. 1

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Newspaper located at the Grimsby Museum
Date of Publication:
7 Sep 1921
Date Of Event:
6 Sept 1921
Personal Name(s):
Hargraves, Joseph
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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Joseph Hargraves, Fruitland, aged 39 years, was fatally injured about 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, when he was knocked down and dragged 24 feet by an automobile owned and driven by William V. Sloggett, 39 Walnut Street, Niagara Falls. Deceased, who died while being taken to the Hamilton city hospital, was a watchman in the employ of the provincial government's highway department. When he was hit by the auto, he was preparing to get his lamps ready for Tuesday night, and was standing with another watchman, Samuel McFarlane, Winona, in front of the residence of A.F. Hawke, two miles west of Grimsby. It is stated that, when the auto hove in sight, the deceased and the other watchman signaled to the autoist to stop, which warning went unheeded. After being hit, the unfortunate man was dragged across a stack of stones, railway ties, and the H.& B. radial tracks. It is said that the car travelled about 24 feet before being brought to a standstill. Deceased, who was born in Burnley, Lancashire, Engl., came to Canada about 15 months ago. He is survived by his widow, one son, John, and three daughters, Ethel, Nellie and Gladys, all at home. After deciding an inquest was necessary, Chief Coroner George Rennie asked Dr. D.G. Mellwraith to empanel a jury. At noon on Tuesday the remains of the deceased were viewed. Mr. Sloggett was accompanied by Frank J. Booth, 756 North Ferry Street, Niagara Falls, and Miss Kester and Miss Smith. Sloggett and Booth were taken to Magistrate Vance's office and held until they explained the cause of the accident, and were then allowed to go to appear at the inquest which will be held next Tuesday in Hamilton.

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Watchman killed while on duty