April 4, 1888 - Vernon Banner, Page 3
A very sad accident occurred here last Tuesday which resulted in the death of Mr. Anderson McGannon.
Mr. McGannon had started to go to a sale east of town, but turned back it is supposed on the account
of sickness, and as he was returning home, fell on the railroad track this side of the first bridge and was run over by the
morning freight train and was instantly killed.
He had been subject to spells of dizziness, and it is thought that he had an attack of this kind when
he fell which stunned him so that he could not get out of the way of the advancing train. A heroic effort was made to stop the
train, but it was going down grade and very heavily loaded which made it impossible.
The following is a tribute of respect offered by the Rev. J. C. Burt on the day of the funeral of the
Mr. Anderson McGannon was born Jan. 29th, 1821, and was married to Miss Sarah Riley in May 1841.
Mr. McGannon has been identified with the county during his entire life. Not only has he a wide circle
of kindred, but his friends and acquaintances throughout the county are almost without number. One so thoroughly identified with
the town and regions will be greatly missed not only by his dear ones, but by the entire community. The writer of this short note,
who has always known him, feels with many others that "one more of our fathers has fallen". Mr. McGannon was a man of fine social
qualities and would have been delighted to entertain his many friends. He greatly enjoyed conversing with his friends not only
about the news of the day but in recalling pleasant incidents in the past history as a county.
There was nothing selfish about Mr. McGannon, his great kindness especially in the sick room, will never
be forgotten by his many friends. While the fearful accident which caused his death has shocked us all, and cast a gloom over
our community, yet his sufferings were very short and as he was approaching three score and ten, with health somewhat delicate;
he would probably not have been spared to his friends many years. But although this is the case, yet I think I have never known
sympathy more profound that that which now goes out from the entire community to the afflicted wife and family. Many and earnest
have been the prayers that peace as the world cannot give nor take away, might rest down upon the bereaved home, "God is our refuge
and strength a very present help in trouble" "For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in his pavilion in the secret of his tabernacle
shall he hide me: He shall set me up upon a rock." "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness."
these and the many other comfortive truths of Gods word enter their hearts and sustain and strengthen. And in the suddenness of the
death of our old friend and citizen there is a lesson for us all. In this day accidents are very frequent and the uncertainty of
life is everywhere seen and felt. We are in health to-day and to-morrow we are called away. "Take ye heed, watch and pray, the
savior says, for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh, at evening or at midnight or at the cock crowing or in the morning,
less coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all Watch. C.
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