Chief Engineer at pumping plant discovered unconscious while on duty on Thursday - suffered from stroke.
On Thursday afternoon, March 12, Richard Shannon, chief engineer at the Waterworks pumping plant, suffered a stroke of paralysis, from which he has not yet rallied sufficiently to tell any of the details.
About 2:30 o'clock Webb Smith, who was at the lake with one of Reg. Ferris' teams for a load of gravel, went into the pumping station to get a drink of water and discovered the unconscious engineer on the floor.
Not realizing that a telephone was so near at hand, he drove to the basket factory of Merritt Bros., and informed them, they immediately informing Clerk Randall, who in turn called Dr. McLay and started for the pump house.
Previous to this W.B.Smith, who was to relieve Shannon at 3 o'clock, had noticed that the reservoir was overflowing and called the pump house. Getting no response he concluded something was wrong and started for the lake.
He was well on the way when overtaken by Dr. McLay and Clerk W.F. Randall, Randall getting out and returning for a larger car in which to bring Shannon to his home.
The engineer had gone on duty at 7 o'clock in the morning relieving Richard Dipper. His dinner pail was sitting on the table with the cover off, and he was found near the wash basin as if he had started there preparatory to eating his midday lunch.
Everything was O.K. except that the reservoir was overflowing, and on Smith's arrival the pumps were at once stopped. By the time the doctor had examined the prostate engineer, Randall had arrived with an auto and Shannon was removed to his home.
Up to the present he has lain in a state of coma. His two brothers, William of the Canadian National railway bridge and building department, Hamilton, and Charles, were here last week to see him.
[Ed. He died 19 March, 1925, according to Family Search]