Tombstone Tuesday — Forestdale — Alexander Fairgrieve

by Laurel | September 23rd, 2014

03 November 1891

Alexander Fairgrieve

Alexander Fairgrieve1861 - 1891

Alexander Fairgrieve
Aug. 26, 1861
Nov. 2, 1891
A native of Scotland
Erected by his wife.

Killed By A Whirling Shaft

Alexander Fairgrieve, 32, employed at the Nonotuck paper mill was killed at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon by being caught in a piece of shafting while about to grind some paper knives. He was caught by the sleeve and was whirled around the shaft several times. The right arm was torn off at the elbow and one ankle was broken, while the body was bruised in many places. He lived on Bridge Street and left a widow. Medical Examiner Tuttle was notified and examined the body at Quint’s undertaking rooms. Fairgrieve tried to put a belt in position to start the grindstone, but the mill officials say that he had no authority to do it and no one else can be blamed for the accident, as he was alone in the room.

Adapted from The Springfield Republican.

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