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125 Years Ago

Fatal Accident at the Quarry

Herald of Feb. 2, 1899

Patrick McDermott, 62, of Piney Creek was fatally injured in the stone quarries operated at Schmucker, near Williamsburg, by Morris, Schmucker & Co. He had climbed up on a ledge of rock about nine feet above the ground to loosen a couple of big stones with a crowbar when the ledge gave way and rocks came down on him. A 12-ton boulder landed on his right leg and smaller stones and dirt buried him. He was freed and taken to the Altoona Hospital, where he died the same evening. A native of Ireland, he had spent most of his life farming in the Cove and had been working in th...


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