Whitman County Gazette 

Good Ol' Days

Series: Good Old Days | Story 29

January 4, 2024

125 Years Ago

From the Colfax Gazette, Friday, January 6, 1899


Conductor Gilbert Decapitated By a Car Wheel

Fell With His Neck Across a Rail and Was Caughty by a Wheel

Conductor Henry L. Gilbert of the Spokane & Palouse train from Pullman to Genessee, was beheaded at the Pullman yards about 10 o’clock Saturday morning by a car wheel of his train. His head was cut as squarely off as it would have been possible with a guillotine. His son, Emery Gilbert, who was a brakeman on the same train, was standing near and witnessed the tragic happening.


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