William McGohon, born December 21, 1864, died February 4, 1898. Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky
from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky
Friday, February 11, 1898
William McGohon met death in a most shocking manner at Burgin, Friday night. he had been in the employ of Mr. Rob. Goddard for some time, but occasionally worked for the railroad. Friday morning he asked for and was granted permission by Mr. Goddard to go to work for the railroad during the bad weather. At 7 o’clock that night he was assisting in cleaning a switch engine that is used jointly by the Cincinnati Southern and Louisville Southern railroads, and had gone into the pit beneath the engine to clean the ask pan. Finishing this work he attempted to crawl out between the wheels, but when half way out Engineer Sandifer started the engine and one of the wheels passed over the lower part of his abdomen. the only words the unfortunate man uttered were: “Oh, I’m killed!” McGohon was a native of this county and was stood high with those who knew him. He was thirty-two years of age and leaves a wife and one child. Funeral services were held Sunday morning and the remains were brought to this place, and interred in Spring Hill Cemetery. It is said the engine that killed McGohon, is the one that crushed Miss Scroggins to death in Louisville some days since, and that is was in the head end collision that occurred at the depot here last September. Coroner Gibbs went out and impaneled a jury and a verdict was returned that the killing was through the negligence of the crew in charge of the engine at the time.