FATAL ACCIDENT  UNTIMELY DEATH OF J. T. LONG YESTERDAY MORNING
 WELL-KNOWN EMPLOYEE OF THE CINCINNATI SOUTHERN SHIPS STRUCK BY A JACK LEVER

 

 J. T. Long, better known as "Tab" Long, was instantly killed at the shops of the Cincinnati Southern railway in this city yesterday morning, through an unavoidable accident. Long had been employed in the car repairing department of the shops for a number of years.  Yesterday morning his attention was turned to a defective box car standing on what is known as the "car repairing track."  To reach the defective parts of the car it was necessary to raise the end by means of a "jack," which was secured for this purpose and which was put under the car by Mr. Long himself. After the car had been raised a few inches off the track the "jack" which had evidently not been placed on a solid foundation, slipped and the jack-stick struck the unfortunate man in the side of the head, knocking
him senseless to the the ground.  Several of his fellow workmen ran to his assistance. A physician was summoned, but before he could reach the scene Long had expired. The force of the blow is supposed to have caused concussion of  the brain, producing almost instant death. The dead man was removed to Sharp's undertaking establishment, where the remains were prepared for burial.  In the afternoon the body was removed to his late home, 106 Fannin street.  He was 51 years of age and leaves three children, but one of them is very young. Long was one of the oldest employees of the local shops, having worked in the car repairing department for many years, and having always been considered a faithful and trustworthy employee. Funeral services were held over the remains at 8 o'clock last evening, Rev. Long officiating.  The remains will be shipped to Ooltewah, Tenn., this morning at 8:10.  The body will be buried at Ooltewah today.

 The Daily Times, Chattanooga, Tennessee; August 24, 1897.
 

Submitted by Phebe Morgan 
phebem@comcast.net