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Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal Friday, 17 September 1897

The following account of the death of Abe Markley is taken from the Pittsburg Chronicle Telegraph of Friday: “A. S. Markley, superintendent of bridges and highways of the Pittsburg and Western Railroad, was killed yesterday afternoon by a fall from the top of a water tank he was inspecting at Wildwood. His neck was broken by the fall. Mr. Markley went over the road yesterday with Superintendent Dunkle to investigate the condition of the water tanks, of which complaint had been made that they were not in good working order. Superintendent Dunkle said that Wildwood was reached at 3:30. Train No. 20 was just nearing the station when they reached the tank, and Superintendent Dunkle signaled it to stop. Markley ran up a ladder to the top of the tank, a distance of 30 feet. Dunkle’s attention was diverted to the train, he said, and he did not observe Markley’s actions closely. He said he heard a creaking noise, however, which made him turn. Just as he did so, Markley fell from the tank.

Aaron Markley said that his brother was overcome by the heat while hurrying to get through and fell from the tank. Death was instantaneous, his neck being broken and his skull crushed. Every attention was given the body by the Pittsburg & Western officials, the private car being tendered to carry the party from Pittsburg to Chicago.

The deceased was 39 years of age and was one of the men taken to Pittsburg from the Cairo division when M. A. McDonald took charge of the Pittsburg & Western. His widow and child accompanied the funeral party. -s

Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal Friday, 17 September 1897

The funeral of Abe Markley, who was killed at Pittsburg Thursday, occurred at Danville, Ill., Monday evening at 3 o’clock. The deceased was a member of most of the Crawfordsville Masonic bodies, and the funeral services were conducted by them. -s

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