Polk County, Florida
Calamities News

  • Mr. J. L. Colbert, of this city, but who is for the present with his daughter, Mrs. L. B. Bryan at Jacksonville, fell from a moving train in that city Monday morning and dislocated his hip. Mr. Colbert had accompanied Mr. J. D. Stanford, of this city, to the train and in the act of alighting when the train started, throwing him to the ground with the result that he was painfully if not seriously injured. Reports received here this morning are to the effect that he is resting as well as could be expected.

    Source: The Lakeland Evening Telegram, November 2, 1911, Image 1; The Lakeland Evening Telegram. (Lakeland, Fla.) 1911-1922.

  • Port Tampa City, Nov. 1.—S. J. Thornell, employed as flagman for Atlantic Coast Line at Port Tampa, happened to a very serious accident Tuesday. Thornell was riding a switch engine at the time of the accident, coming up to dinner, and got off the foot board to throw a switch. When he went to catch the engine again, by some unknown means something came in contact with the ball of the right foot, causing the large toe to be pulled entirely out of place, besides crushing a bone. It is thought the wheel of the engine did not touch his foot, there being no marks on his shoe. There being no witnesses it is impossible up to this time to give a correct report of the accident, and Mr. Thornell claims he does not know himself just how the accident happened. When he got back on the foot board of the engine he waved the engineer ahead and almost simultaneously he waved him down. As soon as Engineer J. T. Johnson discovered that Thornell was hurt he pick him up and summoned Dr. Mudge at once. His woujds were temporarily dressed at Dr. Mudge's office but later he was carried to the Gordon Keller Memorial Hospital. He underwent an operation this afternoon, the result being that his large toe had to be amputated.

    Source: The Lakeland Evening Telegram, November 2, 1911, Image 4; The Lakeland Evening Telegram. (Lakeland, Fla.) 1911-1922.


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